Ireland

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Ireland (Éire), also called the Emerald Island or Celtic Tiger, is a country of breathtaking beauty, blessed by a unique blend of history, magic, ancient legends and old traditions.

 

Capital

Dublin (495.781 in 2003)

Surface

70.273 km²

Population

4.422.100 in 2006

Density

54 /km²

Currency

Euro

Time zone

UTC 0

Language

English and Irish

Religion

Catholic and Protestant

Entry requirements

Neither passport nor visa is required for European citizens of the Member States. A valid identity card is sufficient. Most of the European driving licenses are accepted.

Travelling with pets

Small sized pets like cats, dogs and ferrets must travel with animal passport (in force since 2004) and have an identification microchip or tattoo. Also, be vaccinated against rabies (vaccination to be made at least 6 months prior to departure).

Health and safety

Both private and public health structures are good, and medicaments are easily available. No vaccination is required. It is advisable to bring the magnetic card for health assistance. General safety is good, there are no danger zones.

Climate

Ireland is characterised by a mild temperate climate. Winters a re never too cold, and snowfalls are pretty rare. Summers are sunny and hot, but not sultry, with temperatures hardly exceeding 30°C.

Form of government

Ireland is a parliamentary Republic, independent from the United Kingdom since 1936.

Economy

Irish economy is modern and varied, with a good organization of the work market. The institutions have made a wise use of the European funds, and the considerable incentives granted to multinational groups have attracted many investors, who settled in Ireland opening branch offices. The industrial sector employs about 30% of the work force, whereas the tertiary has emerged in the last years as the crucial sector. Pride of the economic system are research and biotechnologies.

Electricity

Voltage: 220-240V – Frequency: 50 Hz. It is advisable to bring an adapter.

Post offices, banks and communications

Post offices in Ireland are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 17.30 pm. Banks are open from 9.30 am to 16.30 Monday to Friday, with extended opening hours until 17 pm on Thursdays.
Mobile phone covering is excellent.
Country code: 00353
Useful numbers:
Emergency number: 112