One of the most beautiful countries in the world is Ireland.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the country:
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #1:
The largest city in the country in terms of population is Dublin. It is estimated that there are over one million people living in the urban section of the city. Due to a projected population growth, there could be more than two million people living in Dublin by 2020, according to the Central Statistics Office.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #2:
For a period of time, the country of Ireland was once one of the poorest countries in Europe. In modern times, however, Ireland is one of the wealthiest in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. The 2012 GDP per capita estimate was $43,592.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #3:
Ireland became part of the European Union in the 1970s. This was an important part of the nation’s history. The membership signals that Ireland wants to have closer relations to other nations in Europe. It should be noted, however, that the country still has some neutrality, which will be discussed later.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #4:
Unfortunately, due to the 2008 financial crisis, the country stopped growing financially. The crisis put a kibosh to impressive growth.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #5:
An interesting fact about Ireland is the country is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This shows that, although Ireland is a member of the European Union, many Irish people do not have Ireland to be forced into a diplomatic agreement that might not be beneficial to the country.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #6:
The current president is Michael D. Higgins. Higgins, who is 72-years-old, is the ninth president of Ireland. He used to be President of the Labour Party before he became president of the country.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #7:
Since Ireland is a member of the European Union, its current currency is the Euro. Before the Euro, the currency was the Irish Pound.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #8:
Gaelic football and hurling are two of the most popular sports.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #9:
Many excellent beers are brewed in the country, including Guiness. Some of the other notable Irish beers are Harp Lager, Kilkenny, and Smithwick’s.
10 Interesting Facts About Ireland #10:
Lastly, there are many talented short story writers from Ireland. Three of the best are James Joyce, Liam O’Flaherty, and W.B. Yeats. For those who are unfamiliar with O’Flaherty, please consult this article.
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