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Ireland General Info
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Area

70,273 sq km or 27,133 sq miles.

Population

3,880,000 (2003 est).

Population Density

55.2 per square km.

Capital

Dublin.

Population of Dublin

1,100,000 (2002 est).

Geography

The Republic of Ireland lies in the north Atlantic Ocean and is separated from Britain by the Irish Sea to the east. The northeastern part (Northern Ireland) is part of the United Kingdom. The country has a central plain surrounded by a rim of hills and mountains offering some of the most varied and unspoilt scenery in Europe. Quiet sandy beaches, semi-tropical bays warmed by the Gulf Stream, and rugged cliffs make up the 5600km or 3500 miles of coastline.

Government

Republic

Head of State: President Mary McAleese since 1997.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Bertie Ahern since 1997.

Language

Irish (Gaelic) is the official language, spoken as a first language by approximately 55,000 people (mostly in the west). The majority of the Irish speak English. Official papers and documents are printed in both languages.

Religion

Roman Catholic represents about 95 per cent and Protestant about 5 per cent.

Time

GMT + 1 hour (from the last Sunday in March to Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use.
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