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Ireland (Éire) is an island to the north-west of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth. To its east is the island of Great Britain, from which it is separated by the Irish Sea.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which covers the remaining area and is located in the north-east of the island. The population of Ireland is approximately 6.4 million. Just under 4.6 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland. The 2011 population of the Republic of Ireland was 4,588,252 and that of Northern Ireland in 2011 was 1,810,863.

Republic of IrelandEdit

Main article: Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland (Poblacht na hÉireann) occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland.

Northern IrelandEdit

Main article: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland (Tuaisceart Éireann) occupies about one-sixths of the island of Ireland and most of the Province of Ulster.

Provinces and CountiesEdit

ProvincesEdit

Main article: Provinces of Ireland

There are four Provinces of Ireland.

CountiesEdit

Main article: Counties of Ireland

There are 32 counties of Ireland.