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There are 92 counties in the UK:

39 in England, 6 in Northern Ireland, 34 in Scotland, and 13 in Wales.

We call these counties the historic counties, and they continue to form an important part of the cultural and social life of the country.

You can discover them all here on County-Wise, along with helpful guides to help you use use them, activities, and resources.

Welcome to County-Wise

County-Wise exists to assist and enable organisations, the media and public to use the historic counties as a standard geography for the United Kingdom. It provides the tools and advice you need to make use of the historic counties in your personal, social or working life.

Managing an address database? Building a directory of historic buildings? Studying your family history? Want to know why you should use the historic counties and how to do this? County-wise aims to provide the answers.

Looking for more information about the counties themselves? Visit the counties section of County-Wise, where you will find a map, county profiles and more.

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