Group of islands on the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwest coast of Europe

The British Isles are an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and over six thousand smaller isles. They have a total area of about 315,159 km² and a combined population of just under 70 million, and include two sovereign states, the Republic of Ireland (which covers roughly five-sixths of the island of Ireland) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The islands of Alderney, Jersey, Guernsey and Sark, and their neighboring smaller islands, are sometimes also taken to be part of the British Isles, even though, as islands off the coast of France, they do not form part of the archipelago.

  • Ireland, Republic of - Territory in the island of Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1937 by the Poblacht na hÉireann
  • United Kingdom - Island territories in western Europe, ruled since 1921 by the Monarchy of the United Kingdom

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "British Isles" as of 06 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.