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You probably know that England is part of the United Kingdom.

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It shares borders with Wales and Scotland.

To the northwest and southwest, it borders the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea.

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To the north and west, it's separated from continental Europe by the English Channel and the North Sea.

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A geographical territory must meet eight criteria to be considered a country.

For a country to be considered a country, it must possess sovereignty, independent autonomy in trade, control over engineering programs and transportation, and be recognized internationally as a foreign country.

England only has two of those requirements.

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If a country has all of these characteristics, it's generally considered a country.

England does not qualify as a country.