Ireland in facts and figures
Name of State: Ireland (Éire in Irish)
Population: 4,581,269 (2011)
Total area:70,282 km2
Language: Irish is the first official language but English is used by the majority of people.
Head of government: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Head of state: President Michael D Higgins
Climate:Temperate climate. Rainfall between 800mm -1200mm
Religion: 84% Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland (incl Protestant religions) 2.93%, Muslim 1.1%, Orthodox 0.98%. 5.88% say they have no religion
Flag: Tricolour of green, white and orange.
National Day: Saint Patrick’s Day, 17 March