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Basic statistics of Ireland (2009).

BASIC STATISTICS OF IRELAND (2009)

THE LAND

Area (1 000 [km.sup.2])              Major cities (thousand
  Total                         70     inhabitants, 2008)
  Agricultural                  43     Dublin (borough)          1 661
                                       Cork                        119
                                       Galway                       72

THE PEOPLE

In thousands (2008)                  Total labour force
  Population                 4 459     (thousands, 2007)         2 102
  Natural increase              34   Civilian employment
  Net migration                 70     (% of total)
Number of inhabitants per       64     Agriculture, forestry       5.8
  [km.sup.2]                             and fishing
                                       Industry and               25.7
                                         construction
                                       Services                   68.5

PRODUCTION

Gross national income                Gross fixed capital
  (GNI)                                investment (2008)
  In billion [euro]            155     In % of GNI                25.5
  Per head ([euro])         34 958     Per head ([euro])         8 903

THE GOVERNMENT

Public consumption            20.9   Composition of Parliament
  (% of GNI, 2008)                     (at general election)
General government                     Fianna Fail                  75
  (% of GNI, 2008)                     Fine Gael                    52
  Current and capital         47.9     Labour                       20
    expenditure                        Other                        19
  Current revenue             39.5     Total                       166
  Net debt                    13.4
Last general elections:
  May 2007

FOREIGN TRADE

Exports of goods and          98.2   Imports of goods and         86.1
  services (% of GNI,                  services (% of GNI,
  2008)                                2008)
Main merchandise exports             Main merchandise imports
  (% of total)                         (% of total)
  Food and live animals        8.3     Food and live animals       8.3
  Chemicals and related       14.7     Chemicals and related      51.6
    products                             products
  Manufactured goods and      21.8     Manufactured goods and     12.3
    articles                             articles
  Machinery and transport     35.5     Machinery and transport    21.4
    equipment                            equipment

THE CURRENCY

Monetary unit: Euro                  Currency unit per $,
                                       average of daily
                                       figures
                                       February 2008             0.680
                                       October 2009              0.671
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Publication:OECD Economic Surveys - Ireland
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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