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Island in the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of continental Europe

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Great Britain: Island in the North Atlantic off the northwest coast of continental Europe
Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.

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15-year-old becomes youngest to sail solo around Britain [Video]

15-year-old becomes youngest to sail solo around Britain

Timothy Long waves as he sails his 28ft boat into Hamble Marina, Hampshire,becoming the youngest person to sail solo around Britain.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:04Published
BREAKING NEWS: Britain's Princess Eugenie pregnant [Video]

BREAKING NEWS: Britain's Princess Eugenie pregnant

British royal Princess Eugenie is expecting her first child.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published
Arlene Foster warns EU to stop using Northern Ireland as a 'play thing' [Video]

Arlene Foster warns EU to stop using Northern Ireland as a 'play thing'

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has warned the EU to stop using the regionas a “play thing”. Arlene Foster was responding to a question in the Assemblyon claims made by UK negotiator Lord Frost..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

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