Long Name: Republic of Ireland
Member of European Union: Yes, 1973
International Dialing Code: +353
Capital City: Dublin
National Tourist Office: Ireland’s Tourist Office
Foreign Embassies in Ireland: Australia | Canada | U.K. | U.S.
Embassies and Visa Information: In Australia | In Canada | In the U.K. | In the U.S.
Nationality: Noun - Irishman(men), Irishwoman(women), Irish (collective plural), Adjective - Irish
Government Type: Republic
Ethnic Groups: Celtic, English
Religions: Roman Catholic 91.6%, Church of Ireland 2.5%, other 5.9% (1998)
Languages: English is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard
Monetary Unit: 1 Euro = 100 cents
Area: 70,280 sq km – slightly larger than West Virginia
Climate: Temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time
Population: 3,969,558 (July 2004 est.)
Sex Ratio: 0.99 male(s)/female (2004 est.)
Median Age: 33.4 years, male 32.6 years, female 34.2 years (2004 est.)
Life Expectancy: 77.36 years, male 74.74 years, female 80.15 years (2004 est.)
Population Growth Rate: 1.16% (2004 est.)
Net Migration Rate: 4.99 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Population Below Poverty Line: 10% (1997 est.)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (2003 est.)
Gross National Income: US$26,960 (2003, World Bank)
Export Commodities: Machinery and equipment, computers, chemicals, pharmaceuticals; live animals, animal products (1999)
Export Partners: US 20.5%, UK 18.1%, Belgium 12.6%, Germany 8.3%, France 6.1%, Netherlands 5.1%, Italy 4.6% (2003 est.)
Import Commodities: Data processing equipment, other machinery and equipment, chemicals; petroleum and petroleum products, textiles, clothing
Import Partners: UK 34.9%, US 15.8%, Germany 7.9%, Netherlands 4.1% (2003 est.)
Natural Resources: Natural gas, peat, copper, lead, zinc, silver, barite, gypsum, limestone, dolomite
Public Television: RTE
Public Radio: RTE
Graphics and statistics are public domain courtesy of The CIA World Factbook.
Outline map courtesy of WorldAtlas.com.