Name: The name "United Kingdom" originally came from a union between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland.
When the Kingdom of Ireland joined the union the long name was changed to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, to represent the union between the island of Great Britain and the island of Ireland.
Disputes within the Ireland over time eventually led to a division of the island. The United Kingdom's name was again changed, this time to The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
National Day: none
Religion: Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census)