Northern Ireland Flag

Northern Ireland flag
Northern Ireland flag

The Union Flag is the only flag that officially represents Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom. However, the use of flags is a difficult topic in Northern Ireland, with different populations identifying with different flags.

The Ulster Banner, for example, was used as the flag of Northern Ireland by the government from 1953 until 1973, when the administration and parliament were dissolved. Despite having no official status since then, it is nonetheless regarded as a symbol of Northern Ireland by unionists and loyalists alike, and it is represented at international sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games.

The Saint Patrick's Saltire is another flag that is sometimes flown in Northern Ireland, and it represents Northern Ireland by being included in the Union Flag. This flag is flown in Northern Ireland during Saint Patrick's Day parades and is also used to represent Northern Ireland at select royal engagements.

However, there have been recent requests for a new, neutral flag for Northern Ireland, with a report from the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture, and Tradition announced in December 2021.

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Country information

Northern Ireland is a constituent country of the United Kingdom, located on the island of Ireland. It is bordered by the Republic of Ireland to the south and west, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east. Northern Ireland has a population of about 1.9 million people and is known for its stunning natural beauty, with a varied landscape ranging from mountains and lakes to coastlines and forests.

The history of Northern Ireland dates back to ancient times, with the first human settlements dating back to at least 8000 BC. The country has a complex and troubled history, with a mix of Irish, British, and Protestant influences. Northern Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom in 1922, and has been a source of conflict and political tension for much of its modern history.

Today, Northern Ireland is a devolved region of the United Kingdom, with a high degree of self-governance. The economy of Northern Ireland is diverse, with a mix of agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors. The country has a temperate climate, with mild winters and cool summers. The official languages of Northern Ireland are English and Irish, and the country has a diverse population with a mix of Protestant and Catholic communities.

Independent No
Country codes GB-NIR (ISO 3166-2:GB)
Official name Northern Ireland
Official languages English
Religion 79.6% Christianity, 17.4% No religion, 1.3% Other, 1.6% Not stated
Capital city Belfast
Continent /
Time zone UTC (Greenwich Mean Time) • Summer (DST) • UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Member of /
Population 1,903,100 (2021)
Population density 135/km2 (349.6/sq mi)
Urban Population /
Migrants (net) /
Median age /
Total area The total land area is 14,130 km2 (5,460 sq mi)
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Lowest point /
GDP per capita $ / (World Bank, 2021)
Currency British pound (£, GBP)
Calling code +44
Internet TLD .uk (click here to find and register domain name)
Country Wikipedia Page Northern Ireland Wikipedia Page

Main Cities by Population in Northern Ireland

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