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Northern Ireland - Statistics and Facts

Northern Ireland is the northeastern part of the island of Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom, and borders the Republic of Ireland to the south. As of 2019 the population of Northern Ireland was estimated to be 1.89 million, with around 343.5 thousand people living in the capital, and largest city of Belfast. The region has a politically complex history with regard to the religious and national identity of it's inhabitants, which, broadly speaking, associates Protestantism with British Unionism, and Catholicism with Irish unity. Between the late 60s and late 90s, these differences erupted into a three-decade long conflict between these two communities known as the Troubles, with most of the violence ending after the Good Friday agreement of 1998. In recent years, the issue of Brexit has added an extra-dimension to the status of Northern Ireland, especially regarding trade on the UK's only land border, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Key figures on Northern Ireland's economy

In 2018 the gross domestic product of Northern Ireland amounted to 45.92 billion British pounds, an increase of 2.42 billion pounds when compared with 2017. This equated to around a GDP per head of 26 thousand pounds compared with 24.65 in the previous year. A more recent indicator of Northern Ireland's economy is the unemployment rate, which reached 3.6 percent in August 2020, compared with 2.5 percent at the start of 2020. This rise is one of the first signs of the economic damage which the Coronavirus pandemic will cause, with UK's GDP expected to fall by 11.3 percent in 2020. There was also a dramatic drop in the average number of working hours in Northern Ireland between the first quarter of 2020 and the second quarter, falling from 37.8 hours to 35.7.

Crime remains below UK average

The crime rate of Northern Ireland in 2019/20 was 59 crimes per one thousand people which was quite far below the UK average of 96.4. Although in recent years there has been fairly significant crimes rises across the UK, Northern Ireland's crime rate has remained fairly stable, with crime increasing, but not as rapidly. In 2019/20, there were 106.59 thousand crimes reported by the police in Northern Ireland, compared with 101 thousand in the previous reporting year. In the same year there were 20 homicides in Northern Ireland, the lowest number since 2016/17 when there were just 17.

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Northern Ireland - Statistics and Facts

Northern Ireland is the northeastern part of the island of Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom, and borders the Republic of Ireland to the south. As of 2019 the population of Northern Ireland was estimated to be 1.89 million, with around 343.5 thousand people living in the capital, and largest city of Belfast. The region has a politically complex history with regard to the religious and national identity of it's inhabitants, which, broadly speaking, associates Protestantism with British Unionism, and Catholicism with Irish unity. Between the late 60s and late 90s, these differences erupted into a three-decade long conflict between these two communities known as the Troubles, with most of the violence ending after the Good Friday agreement of 1998. In recent years, the issue of Brexit has added an extra-dimension to the status of Northern Ireland, especially regarding trade on the UK's only land border, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Key figures on Northern Ireland's economy

In 2018 the gross domestic product of Northern Ireland amounted to 45.92 billion British pounds, an increase of 2.42 billion pounds when compared with 2017. This equated to around a GDP per head of 26 thousand pounds compared with 24.65 in the previous year. A more recent indicator of Northern Ireland's economy is the unemployment rate, which reached 3.6 percent in August 2020, compared with 2.5 percent at the start of 2020. This rise is one of the first signs of the economic damage which the Coronavirus pandemic will cause, with UK's GDP expected to fall by 11.3 percent in 2020. There was also a dramatic drop in the average number of working hours in Northern Ireland between the first quarter of 2020 and the second quarter, falling from 37.8 hours to 35.7.

Crime remains below UK average

The crime rate of Northern Ireland in 2019/20 was 59 crimes per one thousand people which was quite far below the UK average of 96.4. Although in recent years there has been fairly significant crimes rises across the UK, Northern Ireland's crime rate has remained fairly stable, with crime increasing, but not as rapidly. In 2019/20, there were 106.59 thousand crimes reported by the police in Northern Ireland, compared with 101 thousand in the previous reporting year. In the same year there were 20 homicides in Northern Ireland, the lowest number since 2016/17 when there were just 17.

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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Northern Ireland".

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