Ireland Country Report

By Jade Haney

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Region

The Border, Midlands and Western Regional Assembly and The Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly.

Area

Total: 70, 273 sq. Km

Land: 68,883 sq. Km

Water: 1,390 sq. Km

Climate

Mild Winters, Cool summers, consistintley humid, overcast about half the time

Arable Land

15.4%

Capital City

Dublin

3 Largest Cities

1. Dublin, Leinster

2. Cork, Munster

3. Dun Laoghaire, Leinster

Population

Total: 4, 892, 305 (as of July 2015)

Density: 67

Growth Rate: 1.25%

% Urbanized

63.2% of total poulation

Life Expectancy

80.68 Years

World Rank: 31

AIDS Rate

.28%

World Rank: 87

Literacy Rate

6.2% of GDP

Languages

English and Irish
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Customs and Traditions

Christmas Day Swim, St. Patrick's Day, Spring Cleaning on Easter, Wearing Kilts at weddings

Food

Bacon and Cabbage, Barmbrack, Battered Sausage, Black Pudding, Breakfast Rolls, Champ, Coddle, Colcannon, Cottage Pie, Irish Stew, Pasties

Family Makeup

Most families don't have children, Divorce is common and so are unmarried mothers, marriages are not common.

Clothing

Clothing is typically well made and have a long history attached to them. Men are typically seen wearing linen driving caps. Patchwork is popular and so is tweed.

Housing

Irish buildings are built the same way that they were hundreds of years ago. Central heat comes in the form of boilers, although cement bricks have replaced cut stone.

Recreation

Irish recreation includes Gaelic games, horse and greyhound racing, basketball, fishing, handball, motor sport, tennis and target shooting. Gaelic football is the most popular sport.

Religion

Christianity is the largest religion in the republic of Ireland. Irish Christianity is dominated by the Roman Cathlolic church, which takes up 84.2% of the population of followers.

Type of Government

Republic, parliamentary democaracy

Freedom House Political Right's Score

Free

Freedom Rating- 1

Civil Right Score

1

Press Freedom

Free with score of 16/100

Corruption Perception Index with World Rank

74, 17/175

Domestic/ Regional Conflicts

Women and children affected by domestic violence. Many people being stalked.

GDP

$250.3 billion (2015 est.)

World Rank: 61

Labor %

Agriculture: 5%

Industry: 19%

Services: 76% (2011 est.)

Unemployment

9.4% (2015 est.)

Percent Below Poverty Line

5.5% (2009 est.)

Happy Planet Index

42.4

World Rank: Ranked #73 of 151