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United Kingdom, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishUnited Kingdom, thethe United KingdomUˌnited ˈKingdom, the (abbrev. UK)  a country in northwest Europe, officially called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, made up of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Population: 63,395,574 (2014). Capital: London. The name ‘United Kingdom’ was first used in 1707, when the parliaments of England and Scotland united to form one country. The country’s government consists of a queen or king, a prime minister, and two Houses of Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The United Kingdom has been a member of the EU (European Union) since 1972. UK, the, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
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