Area 27, 133 sq. mi. population 4,203,000 capital Dublin (pop. 1,098,000) literacy 98% life expectancy 78 currency euro gdp per capita $46,200 economy ind: food products, brewing, textiles, clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agr: turnips, barley, potatoes, sugar beets, beef, exp: machinery & equipment, computers, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, live animals.
A north atlantic island west of great britian, Ireland features mountains in the west and interior lowlands, with numerous hills, lakes, and bogs. The republic of Ireland occupies most of the island; northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. In 1921, 26 roman catholic counties which made up five sixths of the island’s areawon independence, while northern ireland remained under british control. After years of antibritish violence, a peace agreement was signed by northern ireland, britain, and ireland in 1998 with Ireland giving up its claim to northern ireland. The country’s growth promotes trade, foreign investment, and industries such as electronics.