Ireland Facts

Ireland Facts

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic to the west of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St Georges Channel, and after which it is the largest island of the British Isles archipelago. See the fact file below for more information about Ireland.

Capital
Dublin

Population
3,840,838 (July 2001 est.)

Area
70,280 sq km, slightly larger than West Virginia

Government
Republic

Money
Irish pound (IEP); euro (EUR)

Climate
Temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time

Language
English is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard)