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Ireland at a glance

Population: 3.36 million. Area: 27,000 square miles (about the size of South Carolina). Gross domestic product (1979): $14.99 billion (US).

GDP per capita: $4,494 (US).

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Currency: One Irish punt (pound) equals $1.70 (US).

Work force: 1980, 1.15 million. Estimated 1986: 1.3 million.

Inflation: Year to February 1981: 21 percent. Forecast for 1981: 18 percent.

Exports as percentage of GDP (1980): 55 percent.

Main export markets: United Kingdom (42.8 percent, down 3.6 percent from 1979 ); European Community, 31.7 percent (up 0.6 percent); North America, 6.5 percent (up 0.6 percent).

Main import suppliers (1979): U.K., 50 percent; US, 8.5 percent; West Germany , 7.4 percent; France, 5.1 percent.

Exports to US, 1980: $458.7 million. Imports from US (1979) $409.4 million.

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Exports worldwide: manufactured goods, 57.9 percent of total value; food, drink, and tobacco, 31.9 percent; live animals, 4.5 percent; raw materials and fuels, 5 percent.

Employment: 20 percent agricultural, 29 percent industrial, 45 percent services.

Unemployemnt: 1980, upwards of 10 percent.

Balance-of-payments deficit, current ac count, 1980: $1.190 billion (US).