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Media in Slovakia told to call country UK and warned of fine for using Britain

Great Britain does not exist in Slovakia - where fines of up to 6,600 euro (£5,600) can be issued for those who would disagree.

State institution the Geodesy, Cartography and Cadaster Authority has warned Slovakian media that a 1995 law says the country that comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may only be called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or United Kingdom for short.

It said using Britain and Great Britain is illegal.

The authority said it plans to organise training on the proper terms before imposing fines.

The British embassy in Bratislava and Slovakia's own foreign ministry could face trouble over the law.

Spokesman Peter Susko said the foreign ministry uses United Kingdom in official documents, and terms "understandable to people" in common communication.

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