Capital: Belfast

Population: 1,856,168 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

Official Languages: Irish, English

Unofficial Languages: Scottish, other various minority languages

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Irish, British, Scottish, Asian, and other minorities

Largest Cities: Belfast, Londonderry (Derry), Lisburn, Newtonabbey, Bangor

Main Sport: Gaelic Games, Rugby, Football, Basketball

Political System: Independent Republic; Constitutional Monarchy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)

Good Friday (March 25)

Easter Monday (March 28)

May Day Bank Holiday (May 2)

Spring Bank Holiday (May 30)

Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) (July 12)

Late Summer Bank Holiday (August 29)

Christmas Day (December 26)

Boxing Day (December 27)

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