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General Information about Ireland
We have put together some general information about Ireland to help you plan your vacation in Ireland.
Ireland is 51.5 degrees and 55.5 degrees north latitude and 5.5 degrees and 10.5 degrees west longitude. Ireland is the most westerly country of the European Union, separated from Great Britain by the North Channel on the northeast and the Irish Sea on the east.
The total area of the island of Ireland is
84,421 square km (32,595 square miles),
with the Republic of Ireland covering 70,282 square kilometres (27,136 square miles) and Northern Ireland covering 14,139 square kilometres (5,459 square miles). The length at its longest point is 486 km (302 miles), the width at its widest point is 304 km (189 miles), and its coastline extends over 5,631 km (3,499 miles).
The highest mountain is Carrantuohill (1,040 metres / 3,412 feet), near Killarney in County Kerry. The longest river is the Shannon (370 km / 230 miles). The largest lake is Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland (396 square km / 153 square miles).
The population of the whole of Ireland is approximatley 5 million. The population of the Republic of Ireland is estimated at 3,621,000 (in 1996). Of those, over 1 million live in the greater Dublin area. Ireland has a young population, with 44% of the population under 25.
Provinces and Counties
The country is divided into four historic provinces: