British Isles: islands

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The British Isles are a group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkneys, Shetlands and over six thousand smaller isles.
  • The British Isles are home to two countries:
    1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (often referred to as just the United Kingdom, or the UK), and
    2. Republic of Ireland (often referred to as just Ireland)
  • The Orkney Islands globe icon, also known as just Orkney, is an archipelago of the north coast of the island of Great Britian. It is made up of about 70 islands, although only 20 are inhabited.
  • The Shetland Islands globe icon, also known as just Shetland, is an archipelago about 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Orkney globe icon. It is made up of about 300 islands, 16 of which are inhabited.
  • The Isle of Man globe icon is a self-governing British Crown dependency. It is not part of the United Kingdom or the EU, but its citizens have British citizenship.
  • Guernsey is an island near the cost of Normandy, France. Along with a few other islands, it is part of a British crown depsendency called the Baliwick of Guernsey. It is not part of the United Kingdom or the EU, but its citizens have British citizenship.
  • Jersey globe icon is an island near the cost of Normandy, France. It is a British crown depsendency called the Baliwick of Jersey. It is not part of the United Kingdom or the EU, but its citizens have British citizenship.
  • Together, the Baliwicks of Guernsey globe icon and Jersey globe icon are called the Channel Islands.
  • Jersey globe icon and Guernsey globe icon are not part of the geographic archipelago of the British Isles, but they are associated with Britain and are included in the quiz because of the UK educational georgraphy curriculum requirements.

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    Great Britain Ireland Outer Hebrides Shetland Orkney Man Anglesey Wight Guernsey Juersey