Country Full Name: Ireland.
Location: Ireland is in Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain.
Country Climate: Temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time.
Country Terrain: Mostly level to rolling interior plain surrounded by rugged hills and low mountains; sea cliffs on west coast.
Major Languages: English, Irish.
Major Religions: Christianity.
Country Population: 4.4 million (2008 est.) 4.4 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The economy of Ireland has transformed in recent years from an agricultural focus to a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. Economic growth in Ireland averaged a (relatively high) 10% from 1995?2000, and 7% from 2001?2004. Industry, which accounts for 46% of GDP, about 80% of exports, and 29% of the labour force, now takes the place of agriculture as the country's leading sector.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Country Inflation: 3.1% (2008 est.) -1.6% (2009 est.).
City: Dublin is the largest city and capital of Ireland.
City Economy: The Economy of Dublin is centralised in the capital city of Ireland. As such, Dublin is the largest city and the country's main economic hub. Most government agencies and the machinery of government including the parliament are based there. Dublin is the focal point of Irish media and culture, the countries transportation networks are centred upon the city.
Cost of Living: Dublin has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Dublin is currently ranked 39 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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