Ireland lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded
by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland, separated
by the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain, comprised of England,
The sovereign state of Ireland covers five-sixths of the island,
with Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) covering the
remaining one-sixth of the island, located in the northeast.
The Irish government maintains the rural landscape and the country's
economy soars. The country attracts millions of visitors each year.
Ireland is the world's 20th