Scotland Calling….

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Recently, we asked our UK listeners about the term UK.  We got a reply yesterday from Vikram in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Vikram wrote:

"Most of the old folks in my family refer to the UK as London. I live in Aberdeen in Scotland (part of the UK) and most of them still think its same as London."

What we want to know is whether Scotland is its own country or is it a state of the UK, or whether it represents a few different countries in the UK.  In the US, we know North Carolina as a state, not its own country, even though it has its own leader (the governor). 

Is Scotland like that?  On our map of the world, it says that Scotland is its own country.  Is our map right, or is it wrong?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Signed,

The Blurbers

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2 Responses to Scotland Calling….

  1. Vikram says:

    Hello Blurbers, I am back and already feel like your number 1 fan. I have an answer regarding the UK and it is as follows:
    The United Kingdom is a political union made up of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (the last three also have their own Parliament or Assembly). Great Britain is the part that contains Scotland, Wales and England. Northern Ireland contains, well Northern Ireland. In the Oly,pics they participate as “Great Britain and Northern Ireland”.
    The United Kingdom also has many overseas territories, including Bermuda, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, and British Antarctica among others.
    A constitutional monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II is also the Queen and Head of State of 15 other Commonwealth Realms such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  2. Vikram covered it pretty well. To my mind, in some ways Scotland has maintained more of an identity separate from England than Wales has. (I think Wales has done a better job at keeping the Welsh language alive than Scotland has at keeping Gaelic alive – but maybe Vikram can speak to that as he lives in Scotland and I don’t.) Since 2004 Scotland has actually had its own parliament again – for the first time in something like 300 years! The Parliament has a website at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk There is a part of the site that is designed for kids. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/vli/education/youth/index.htm
    The wikipedia article is pretty thorough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

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