Essential Info for Ireland
Population: About 4.8 million
Capital city: Dublin (also largest city)
Neighbouring countries: The Republic of Ireland is situated on an island to the east of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland, which is part of Britain, is on the north side of the island.
Geography: The coast of Ireland is rugged and mountainous, while the central area of the island consists of flat plains.
Political system: Unitary parliamentary republic
Major religions: Christianity, especially Catholicism
Main languages: English and Irish
Money: The Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents
Tipping: 10 to 15 percent in restaurants for good service, unless gratuity has already been added to the bill
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz. Three-pronged plugs with flat blades are standard.
International dialling code: +353
Emergency contacts: 112 or 999
Internet domain: .ie
Transport and driving: Ireland has a comprehensive public transport system, with buses being the most popular form of public transport. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.