What is the UK best known for?
So Great Britain is actually the main island. But there are also many small archipelagos all around. Most famous of them are the Shetland Islands and the Orkney Islands far to the north. To the northwest are the Outer and Inner Hebrides. In the very south-west are the Isles of Scilly. The Isle of Wight lies in the English Channel.
The Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and the Channel Islands (e.g. Jersey and Guernsey) in the English Channel off the north coast of France do not belong to the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, they are subordinate to the British Crown. This is a special case.
The United Kingdom has only one land border, namely from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland. The main island of Great Britain has no land border at all. In Great Britain, for example, people like to speak of the "continent" when they mean the rest of Europe. A tunnel has been connecting the island with France since 1993. You can go through it with a train. On the Karet on the right you can also see the cities of Great Britain.
Britain has been a long, long island as a great island coast. It measures approximately 12,500 kilometers. There are many small islands and many bays. In the southeast the bank drops off steeply and forms the well-known chalk cliffs. The landscape here is hilly, but in the southwest the coastline is rugged and consists of granite rocks. The low mountain ranges dominate to the west and north. The ten highest mountains are located in Scotland.
The whole country used to be with Forest covered. During industrialization, however, many trees were cut down: after all, fuel was needed. But there is still a bit of forest, as well as moors, meadows and rivers.
The longest river is the Severn in the west, but probably the most famous Thamesthat flows through the capital, London. There are also many lakes. They are called "Loch" in Scotland. There are also many canals that emerged during the Industrial Revolution. England takes by far the largest part of the area, followed by Scotland, Wales and finally Northern Ireland. This is also reflected in the number of inhabitants.
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