Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, in the northeast of the island. In 2011, the Population of Ireland was about 6.4 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
Languages: English (official) is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard<
Ethnic Groups: Irish 87.4%, other white 7.5%, Asian 1.3%, black 1.1%, mixed 1.1%, unspecified 1.6%
Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 88.4%, Church of Ireland 3%, other Christian 1.6%, other 1.5%, unspecified 2%, none 3.5%
Population: 4.68 million people (World Rank: 121st) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 176 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 142nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.13 %/yr (World Rank: 115th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80.7 years (World Rank: 25th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 34.3 years (World Rank: 58th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Ireland
University of Texas Library
Travel Info for Ireland
in Washington D.C.
Irish Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.