Northern Island is the smallest country in the United Kingdom. Check out some interesting and fun facts about Northern Island.

Facts About Northern Ireland

From glorious Victorian architecture, spectacular scenery to its guerrilla warfare, Northern Ireland has always been in news for a bevy of reasons. Tucked away in the northeastern fringes of Ireland, the historic island of North Ireland was formerly a part of the United Kingdom before ethno-political conflict initiated the need for a separate constitutional status for the land. Today, Northern Island rests as a separate country of the United Kingdom with six counties to its name. Northern Ireland has a devolved government although its legal jurisdiction stands distinct from that of England, Scotland and Wales. Initially known as the economic powerhouse of Ireland, North Ireland traditionally had an industrial economy before it was replaced by the service industry. Today, Northern Ireland has the smallest economy of its all other English counterparts. A nation torn between violent antagonism between Protestants and Catholics, between identity and disambiguation, today Northern Ireland has come to represent a little more than just its belligerent status. Surf through the following fun and interesting facts to explore more about this land.
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Interesting & Fun Facts About Northern Ireland 
  • Did you know that Northern Ireland, which is a part of the island of Ireland, is the smallest country in the United Kingdom?
  • The best-known delicacy of Northern Ireland is the ‘Ulster Fry’ that traditionally includes high cholesterol wonders like bacon, egg, soda bread, sausage, potato bread, mushrooms, fried tomato, baked beans and occasionally pudding.
  • Paul Rankin and Michael Deane are the world-famous chefs in Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Island is the home to many sports legends like late soccer legend George Best, Norman Whiteside, Darren Clarke, Alex Higgins, Dave McCauley, Tony McCoy and F1 racer Eddie Irvine.
  • Although English is the most popular language in Northern Ireland, Irish and Ulster Scots are still prevalent in several pockets of the region. Interestingly, Chinese is the most widely spoken minority language in Northern Ireland!
  • Northern Ireland is the proud bearer of many internationally renowned poets and writers like C.S Lewis, Ian McDonald, Tom Paulin, Bob Shaw, Frank Ormsby, John Brown and many more.
  • “God Save The Queen” is the national anthem of Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland is divided into six counties—Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, and Down.
  • Did you know that the unfortunate ship ‘Titanic’ was built and launched from Belfast Harbor in Northern Ireland?
  • Northern Ireland is the second most thinly populated country of the UK after Scotland.
  • Northern Ireland, which was once the industrial powerhouse of Ireland, is apparently the poorest regions in UK today and is the smallest of the four economies.
  • The majority of people in Northern Ireland are Protestant.
  • Northern Ireland's capital city Belfast is a vibrant tourist attraction bustling with stylish bars, pubs, bistros, hotels and historical attractions.
  • Almost 46% of the total population of Northern Ireland is under 30 years old.
  • The Pound sterling is the currency of Northern Ireland.
  • Dunluce Castle, Giant's Causeway, Belfast City Hall, The Marble Arch Caves, Carrickfergus Castle, Samson and Goliath are some of the popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland.
  • Were you aware that a sheet of ice covered Northern Ireland for the most of the last ice age?
  • Belfast Giants, Gaelic football, Hurling, Gaelic handball, Ulster Rugby are some of the most popular sport of Northern Irealnd.
  • The Northern Ireland Flag comprises of red, white and blue colors.
  • Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland is the largest fresh water lake in Europe.
  • Did you know that the Potato is called as ‘Prutties’ in Northern Ireland and a child is called as ‘Wean’? Can you guess what North Ireland is called in Belfast accent? Well, Norn Iron is the answer.

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