About Northern Ireland

Whether you live, work or are just coming to visit, you'll find lots of useful information on this page about Northern Ireland.

Key facts

Population 1.840 million people (estimated at 30 June 2014)
Capital city Belfast
Nationality and citizenship British, Irish or both
Language(s) English, Irish, Ulster Scots, British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign Language (ISL)
Weather Northern Ireland forecast
Currency Pound sterling (GBP) £
Calling code from abroad dial 00 44 + area code (without 0) + local number
Electricity 240 volts (standard 3-pin plugs)
Airport (s) Belfast International AirportGeorge Best Belfast City AirportCity of Derry Airport
Major sea ports Belfast, Larne

If you want to find out more information about Northern Ireland, you'll find lots of useful and interesting statistics on the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) website.

Public and bank holidays

Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public Holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice, such as Christmas Day.

Find out about the bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland.

Nationality and citizenship

Northern Ireland is part of the UK. However, under the Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, people born in Northern Ireland can choose to be British citizens, Irish citizens or both. If they choose to be both British and Irish citizens, this means they have a dual citizenship.

You can find out more about the different types of citizenship at the links below.


There are different levels of government in Northern Ireland. This ranges from the local council, looking after bin collections and leisure centres, the Executive and Assembly who run the government and pass laws, to the European Parliament and UK Parliament at Westminster.

Find out more about government in Northern Ireland.

Coming to Northern Ireland to visit, study or work

If you want to come to Northern Ireland to visit, study or work, you may need to apply for a visa through UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI).

You'll find a handy tool on the GOV.UK website, at the link below, to check if you need a visa. You can simply enter the country that issued your passport or travel documents and what you want the visa for, for example work, study or visiting. The checker will tell you if you need a visa and give you information on how to apply. 

You may also find the links below useful.

Visiting Northern Ireland

There are lots of things to see and do in Northern Ireland. You'll find everything here, from natural wonders like the Giant's Causeway, to stunning lakelands in Fermanagh and magnificent sandy beaches along the coastlines. Not to mention the great food, culture and warm welcome that awaits you in the cities and towns.

Visit the Discover Northern Ireland website to find out more.

Get statistical information about your neighbourhood

You can search the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) using a postcode, street or area to view summary statistics for that area. You can also view statistics by searching for topics or themes, for example, births or census. 


Settlements beginning with A

Area Postcode
Acton BT35
Aghadowey BT51
Aghagallon BT67
Aghalee BT67
Ahoghill BT42
Aldergrove BT29
Altishane BT82
Annacloy BT30
Annadorn BT30
Annahilt BT26
Annahugh BT61
Annalong BT34
Annsborough BT31
Antrim BT41
Ardboe BT80
Ardglass BT30
Ardreagh BT51
Ardstraw BT78
Armagh BT60, BT61
Armoy BT53
Arney BT92
Articlave BT51
Artigarvan BT82
Artikelly BT49
Attical BT34
Augher BT77
Aughnacloy BT69

Settlements beginning with B 

Area Postcode
Baileysmill BT27
Ballee BT82
Ballinamallard BT94
Ballindarragh BT94
Ballintoy BT54
Balloo BT23
Ballsmill BT35
Ballyalton BT30
Ballybogy BT53
Ballycarry BT38
Ballycassidy BT94
Ballycastle BT54
Ballyclare BT39
Ballydugennan BT41
Ballyeaston BT39
Ballygally BT40
Ballygawley BT70
Ballygowan BT23
Ballyhalbert BT22
Ballyholland BT34
Ballyholme BT19
Ballyhornan BT30
Ballykelly BT49
Ballykinler BT30
Ballyleny BT61
Ballylintagh BT51
Ballymackilroy BT70
Ballymagorry BT82
Ballymartin BT34
Ballymena BT42, BT43
Ballymoney BT47, BT53
Ballymoyer BT60
Ballynahinch BT24
Ballynakilly BT71
Ballynamallaght BT82
Ballynoe BT30
Ballynure BT39
Ballyreagh BT70
Ballyrobert BT39
Ballyrogan BT51
Ballyronan BT45
Ballyroney BT32
Ballystrudder BT40
Ballyvoy BT54
Ballywalter BT22
Balnamore BT53
Banbridge BT32, BT19,
BT20, BT23
Belcoo BT93
Belfast BT1, BT2,
BT3, BT4,
BT5, BT6,
BT10, BT11,
BT12, BT13,
BT14, BT15
Bellaghy BT45
Bellanaleck BT92
Bellarena BT49
Belleek BT35, BT93
Benburb BT71
Bendooragh BT53
Beragh BT79
Bessbrook BT35
Bishops Court BT30
Blackskull BT25
Blackwatertown BT71
Bleary BT63, BT66
Boardmills BT27
Boho BT74
Bolea BT49
Bonnanaboigh BT47
Bready BT82
Brockagh BT71
Brockaghboy BT51
Brookeborough BT94
Broughshane BT42, BT43
Bryansford BT33
Burnside BT39, BT41
Burnt Island BT62
Burren BT34


 Settlements beginning with C

Area Postcode
Caledon BT68
Camlough BT35
Campsey BT47
Camus BT82
Cappagh BT70
Cargan BT43
Carland BT71
Carnlough BT44
Carnmoney BT36
Carnteel BT69
Carrickfergus BT38
Carrickmore Or Termon Rock BT79
Carrowdore BT22
Carryduff BT8
Carson Park BT24
Castlecaulfield BT70
Castledawson BT45
Castlederg BT81
Castlerock BT51
Castleroe BT51
Castlewellan BT31
Chapeltown BT30, BT41
Charlemont BT71
Charlestown Or Bannfoot BT66
Church Hill BT93
Churchtown BT30, BT80
Civiltown BT63
Clady BT44, BT82
Clady Milltown BT60
Claggan BT79, BT80
Claudy BT47
Clogh BT44
Cloghcor BT70, BT82
Clogher BT76
Clonoe BT71
Clonvaraghan BT31
Clough BT30
Cloughey BT22
Cloughmills BT44
Coagh BT80
Coalisland BT71
Coleraine BT51, BT52
Comber BT23
Coneyisland BT30
Conlig BT23
Connor BT42
Cookstown BT80
Cooneen BT75
Corkey BT44
Cox'S Hill BT62
Craigavole BT46
Craigavon BT64, BT65
Craigdarragh BT47
Craigmore BT41
Cranagh BT79
Crawfordsburn BT19
Creggan BT35
Crossgar BT30
Crossmaglen BT35
Crumlin BT29
Culbane BT44
Cullaville BT35
Cullybackey BT42, BT43
Cullycapple BT51
Cullyhanna BT35
Culnady BT46
Curran BT45
Cushendall BT44
Cushendun BT44

Settlements beginning with D

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