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Location: Western Europe, islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the north Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France
Population: 58.3 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: London
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than Oregon
Religions: Anglican 27 million, Roman Catholic 9 million, Muslim 1 million, Presbyterian 800,000, Methodist 760,000, Sikh 400,000, Hindu 350,000, Jewish 300,000 (1991 estimate)
Landscape: Great Britain is really four countries united under one government; they are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; nation's official name is United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; mostly rugged hills and low mountains; level to rolling plains in east and southeast
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1905

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