England and Great Britain are often used interchangeably in everyday conversation, however there is a difference between them. England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. Great Britain is an island located off the north west coast of continental Europe and it includes Scotland, Wales, and England. It has over 5,000 miles of coastline and numerous smaller surrounding islands. Great Britain is a political union comprising England, Scotland and Wales, while England is a country within the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, made up of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.