With a population of 1,685,000, Northern Ireland is the second most sparsely populated part of the United Kingdom after Scotland, but a country with a spectacular and unique landscape. Home to rolling fields and a dramatic coastlines, which offer some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. There are plenty of sandy beaches, harbours and family resorts to suit people of all tastes. Popular areas include Antrim and Portrush. The Northern Ireland population makes up 3% of the United Kingdom population and 30% of the total islands population. more
For many years Ireland and the island itself has undergone a violent history. Mostley stemming from the Catholic vs Protestant conflict. However in recent years Northern Ireland has restructured its politics and hopes for a better future. The well kept tradition is on show throughout the country. Although English ist he official spoken language, 10% of the population claim to have knowledge of the language and 5% can speak it fluently.
Property prices in Northern Ireland stand at £143,918 and have been decreasing in the past year by an average of 15%. This has been a result of the credit crunch which has adversely effected the Northern Irish economy. In the capital Belfast, prices range at £149,458 and have also been decreasing by a staggering rate of 20%.
Northern Irelands economy is relativly small in comparison to the other four United Kingdom economies, but nonetheless has a strong shipbuilding and textile manufacturing industry. Although this is a slowly declining business sector, tourism and public services are playing an increasing role in Northern Irelands economy.
Northern Ireland also has a very well developed transport infrastructure. It is served by three major airports including Belfast International and City of Derry Airport.
|Largest County City:||Belfast|
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