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Country: Ireland

Ireland is a small island republic off the coast of North West Europe. It lies about 100 Km from it's nearest neighbour, the United Kingdom accross the Irish Sea. It has been a member of the European Union since 1973 and plays a very active part in all the activities of the Council and the Commission. The population of Ireland (north and south) is around 4 million. In the past many Irish people emigrated to the UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand and this means there are strong social and cultural bonds between Ireland and these countries. Its main working language is English. Its educational system is well respected and leads to qualifications which are recognized and valued worldwide. Higher education has played an important role in the economic success of the nation.


Facts & Figures

Capital City: Dublin 5326′N, 615′W
Official languages: Irish, English
GDP (PPP) 2006 estimate
- Total $177.2 billion (49th)
- Per capita $43,600 (2nd)
GDP (nominal) 2006 estimate
- Total $202.9 billion (30th)
- Per capita $50,150 (5th)
Currency Euro () (EURO)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
- Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC+1)
International code +353