By: Chloe Duggins
Area: 32,595 sq. mi.
Climate(s): Average temperature is about 50 degrees
Arable Land/Farmable Land %: 11.9%
Capital City: Dublin
3 Largest Cities: Dublin, Cork, and Dun Laoghaire
Population Density: 67 (2014)
Growth Rate: 0.2% annual change (2013)
% Urbanized: 2.2% (2011)
Life Expectancy w/ WR: 81.3....WR is #18
AIDS Rate w/ WR: 0.28 WR is #87
Literacy Rate: 17.9%
Languages: Irish and English
Food: Goody--a dessert dish made by boiling bread in milk w/ sugar & spices. Irish Stew--a traditional stew of lamb, or mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley. Cottage Pie--a beef & vegetable mixture with a delicate beef sauce topped w/ creamy mash potato (which has been gratinated).
Clothing: Men in Ireland are usually found wearing linen driving caps. Aran sweaters are historical in the Irish culture. Each family "clan" has its own unique stitching/pattern that is being used in the sweaters. Tweed jackets are handwoven, so they are more costly and durable. Jackets are the most popular way to wear tweed. These jackets are simple and elegant.
Recreation: Aslan is an Irish rock group from Dublin who are not very well-known outside of Ireland.
Religion: Christianity is the largest religion in the Republic of Ireland based on baptisms. Irish Christianity is dominated by the Roman Catholic Church which has 84.2% of the population as followers.
Freedom House Political Rights Score: 39/40
Civil Rights Score: 39/40
Press Freedom: Partly Free
Corruption Perception Index w/ WR: 75 (2015) WR is #19
Domestic/Regional Conflicts: Poverty and Inequality
Labor: Agriculture--8% Industry--29% Services--64%
% Below Poverty Line: 5.5%
Happy Planet Index w/ WR: 42.4 WR is #73