England is the largest of the four "home nations" that make up the United Kingdom.
It is also the most populous of the four with almost 52 million inhabitants. On the island of Great Britain, Scotland sits to the north of England and Wales is to the west. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland lie across the Irish Sea to west of England. France and the Channel Islands are across the English Channel to the south, and to the east is the North Sea.
England can be divided most generally into three sections, with deep historical and linguistic roots for each of them. These can be further divided into regions, which in turn consist of counties.
The South of England is roughly the area south of the River Thames and the Bristol Channel.
The English Midlands is roughly the part of England east of Wales and across to the North Sea.
The North of England is anywhere north of Staffordshire in the west and roughly north of the Humber river, in the east, up to the Scottish border.
England has many large cities.
England has many outstanding landmarks and sites of interest.
Don't confuse "England" with the the larger "Britain" or "United Kingdom"; see the United Kingdom article for details.
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