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Difference Between Ireland and Northern Ireland

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Ireland and Northern Ireland are parts of the same island. Though they are part of the same island, these two are different in their religious and political views.

First of all, when comparing the geography, Ireland is much larger than Northern Ireland. Ireland, which is also known as ‘Republic of Ireland’ is considered a sovereign nation and its capital is Dublin. Ireland covers about five-sixth of the island. Well, Northern Ireland is considered to be a part of UK and its capital is Belfast.

Ireland consists of 26 counties and Northern Ireland comprises of only six counties.

When comparing the religion of the two regions, the Northern Ireland consists of Protestants and Ireland consists of Catholics.

In Northern Ireland a quarter of the people, mainly Catholics, consider Britain as an occupying force. These people who protest against the Britain are known as Republicans or Nationalists who strive for an Independent Ireland, free from the British rule. The rest of the people, mostly Protestants, known as Loyalists or Unionists want to maintain the status quo.

The Republic of Ireland was created as a separate division of UK in 1921.

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have almost the same culture and traditions. However, Ireland always tries to preserve their culture and tradition and on the other hand, Northern Ireland tends to be inclined to the British culture.

While Northern Ireland follows the imperial systems of miles, Ireland uses the Metric system of Kilometre. Northern Ireland and Ireland also have difference in currency. While Northern Ireland sticks to British Pound as its main currency, Ireland has chosen Euro as its main currency.

While Ireland has its own government, the British rule the Northern Ireland.

Summary:
1.Ireland is much larger than Northern Ireland.
2.Ireland is a sovereign nation and its capital is Dublin. Ireland covers about five-sixth of the island. Well, Northern Ireland is considered to be a part of UK and its capital is Belfast.
3.Ireland consists of 26 counties and Northern Ireland comprises of only six counties.
4.When comparing the religion of the two regions, the Northern Ireland consists of Protestants and Ireland consists of Catholics.
5.Northern Ireland sticks to British Pound as its main currency, Ireland has chosen Euro as its main currency.
6.Ireland is governed by itself. On the other hand, the British rule Northern Ireland.


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