Flag of the Republic of Ireland

Flag of the Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

  • Capital » Dublin
    • Also the largest city


  • Population » 5.1 million (2023)
    • Around 40% of the country’s population resides in the Greater Dublin Area.
  • Official languages » Irish and English
  • Major religion » Roman Catholicism, Protestantism
  • Life expectancy » 78 years (men), 83 years (women)
  • Member of the European Union
  • Currency » euro
  • Emergency Numbers »
    • 999 or 112


  • Area » 70,182 sq km (27,097 sq miles)
  • Ireland is a sovereign state which covers approximately five-sixths of the island of Ireland, off the coast of north-west Europe.
  • The Republic of Ireland shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom.
Map of Ireland (Source » Wikipedia)

Map of Ireland (Source » Wikipedia)



  • Not a member of the Schengen Area Agreement
  • Canadians do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days.



  • The Taoiseach is the head of government, or prime minister, of Ireland
  • Politically a western country
  • Not a NATO member, but importantly a member of the EU, and allied with the UK, Canada, the US and other western countries
  • Of the 32 counties that make up the island of Ireland, 26 counties are in the Republic of Ireland and 6 are in Northern Ireland.
  • Alcohol is ingrained in Irish culture. Consumption is decreasing.




This page was updated June 4, 2023