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Westernmost mainland point
Government is led by a prime minister
Irelands' government is led by their prime minister (Taoiseach), they also have a president, however this is considered more of a ceremonial role.
Highest beer consumption per capita (litres per year)
Ireland consumes 92.9 litres per year per capita - ranking 7th in the world, whilst the UK consumes 70.3 litres - ranking 23rd in the world.
Has three colours on its flag
The UK's flag is made up of red, white and blue; whilst Irelands' is green, white and orange
Has the lower population density of the two
UKs population density is 281 people per Km squared, Ireland's is 70 people per Km squared.
Is the wettest - Has the highest average annual precipitation (mm depth per year)
UK gets 1,220mm per year (5th wettest in Europe), whilst Ireland gets 1,118mm per year (7th wettest in Europe)
Its second biggest city starts with the letter "B"
Birmingham is UKs second biggest city, Irelands is Cork. The city of Belfast is the island of Irelands' second largest city, but is a part of the UK.
Is divided into counties
Ireland consists of 26 counties in three provinces - whilst the UK has 27 counties of England; 13 of Wales; 6 in Northern Ireland; and 32 'council areas' of Scotland.
Over 20% of its population lives in its largest city (metro area)
13.4% of the UK live in Greater London, whilst 28.3% of Irelands population is in the Greater Dublin area.
Highest percentage of Catholics
Ireland has 78.3% of the population identifying as Catholics, whilst the UK only 13% do so.
Has over 1 million people who speak a Celtic language
Ireland has 1,775,000 Gaelic/ Irish speakers; whilst the UK has 1,122,000 speaker of Welsh, Irish, Scottish and Cornish languages collectively.
Has the higher average elevation
Irelands average elevation is 118m above sea level; UKs is 75m.
Has the highest maximum elevation
Ben Nevis, Scotland (UK) reaches 1,343m above sea level; Carrauntoohil, Kerry (Ireland) reaches 1,041m.
Has had the most official visits from a President of the United States.
37 official Presidential visits have been made to the UK, and 11 to Ireland.
Has suffered a population decline since the year 1841
Irelands population was over 8 million in 1841, compared to under 5 million in 2019. Meanwhile the UK has risen from 15.9 million in 1841 to 66.65 million in 2019.
Has the most Eurovision song contest winners
Ireland has won 7 Eurovisions, whilst UK has won 5.
Is the northernmost point of the island of Ireland
Malin Head, Inisowen Peninsula is the most northern point on the mainland of the island of Ireland and lies in county Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.
Not a super big deal but I know many in Ireland would consider Belfast our second biggest city. When you refer broadly to Ireland, this can be taken to mean the island of Ireland, not just the Republic. Which has implications for Q7.
The actual numbers using Irish daily in the Republic is estimated at about 80,000 max.