Northern Ireland is the only part of Ireland that is a part of the United Kingdom, separating itself from the Republic of Ireland. In 1998, Northern Ireland became self-governing, sharing some of its policies with the Republic of Ireland. However, other areas are at the British Government's discretion. With a population of nearly two million, Northern Ireland's industry is booming, especially in business, tourism and investment.
The region is home to many famous personalities such as ex-football player the late George Best, actor Liam Neeson and singer/songwriter Van Morrison. In sports, Ireland tend to be represented as a single team, except for in football, where Northern Ireland competes separately.