Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, which lies off the north-western coast of the European mainland. Scotland shares a land border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. It includes more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides. The capital is Edinburgh, located in the south-east of the country.