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Subdivisions of the United Kingdom

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The subdivisions of the United Kingdom:

Table of contents
1 Countries
2 England
3 Scotland
4 Wales
5 Northern Ireland
6 International subdivisions
7 See also
8 References
9 External link


The United Kingdom is divided into four countries, which form part of the British Isles, and are in turn subdivided into several different types of subdivisions.

England and Wales are grouped into England and Wales for legal purposes.


Main article: Subdivisions of England

The first level of administrative subdivision in England is the region, which have a limited existence. At the next level are 118 administrative counties, of which 84 are Unitary Authorities (meaning they have no administrative subdivisions), the remainder being subdivided further into Districts. This classification excludes Greater London, which is under the control of the Greater London Authority (which has only minor powers), under which exist 33 London boroughs.

Including the unitarity authorities and London boroughs, England is divided into 352 districts.

England was traditionally divided into 39 traditional counties, which are still used for some cultural purposes.


Main article:
Council Areas of Scotland

Scotland consists of 32 Council Areas. Scotland is also divided into 31 historic Counties, although these are no longer used for government administrative purposes.


Main article: Unitary Authorities of Wales

Wales consists of 22 Unitary Authorities, styled as 10 County Boroughs, 9 Counties, and 3 Cities. Wales is also divided into 13 historic Counties, although these are no longer used for government administrative purposes.

Northern Ireland

Main article: Subdivisions of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is divided into 22 Districts, 4 Cities, and 6 Counties.

International subdivisions

Both Eurostat and the International Standards Organisation have developed a subdivision and codes for the UK. See and .

See also


External link