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Ireland Facts

Facts about Ireland



Total Area

total: 70,280 sq km
land: 68,890 sq km
water: 1,390 sq km


4,722,028 (July 2012 est.)


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


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99% (2003 est.)
male: 99%
female: 99%


Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2% (2006 census)

Life Expectancy

total population: 80.32 years
male: 78.07 years
female: 82.69 years (2012 est.)

Government Type



euro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries 

GDP (per capita)

purchasing power parity - $41,700 (2012 est.)

Labour Force  
2.104 million (2012 est.)

$113.6 billion f.o.b. (2012 est.)

$63.1 billion f.o.b. (2012 est.)

Natural Resources

natural gas, peat, copper, lead, zinc, silver, barite, gypsum, limestone, dolomite

Telephones (main lines in use)
2.047 million (2011)

Telephones (mobile cellular)
4.906 million (2011)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Internet hosts: 1.387 million (2012)
Internet users: 3.042 million (2009)

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