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Northern Ireland General Info
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Area: 13,576 sq km or 5242 sq miles.

Population of Northern Ireland: 1,697,800 (estimate 2000).

Population Density:
125.1 per square km.

Capital: Belfast.

Geography: Northern Ireland has some beautiful scenery, from the rugged coastline in the north and northeast to the fruit-growing regions of Armagh. To the west are the Sperrin Mountains and Fermanagh lake, where the winding River Erne has excellent fishing. The moorland plateau of Antrim in the northeast gives way to the glens south and to the Drumlin country of County Down; further south, the Mountains of Mourne stretch down to the sea.

Government: In 1998, the Good Friday Agreement between Northern Ireland’s political parties, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland provided the transfer of responsibility for the administration of Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom to an elected Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive. None of the British parties holds seats in Northern Ireland, where the political map is made up between Unionist and Nationalist parties.

Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1953.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Tony Blair since 1997.

Language: English. Irish is spoken by a minority

Religion: Mostly Protestant (Church of Northern Ireland), but many other Christian denominations present: Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland, Baptist, Methodist and others. There are Hindu, Jewish and Muslim minorities.

Time : Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 1 hour from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.
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