The primary crops grown in Ireland are barley, wheat, oats, potatoes and sugar beets. As of 2014, most of the country's farmland is dedicated to supporting livestock for export to meet a high demand for meat overseas.Know More
The climate and soil quality in Ireland favor the growth of grass over arable crops. This makes the land ideal for livestock farming. The country supports a widespread cattle industry as well as dairy farming and sheep, horse and pig farms. The pastoral farming industry is supported by a high demand for livestock in Britain and continental Europe. The European Union provides secure markets and improved prices for Ireland's products as of 2014, which has led to an increase in Ireland's agricultural income over the 20 preceding years.
As of 2014, 19.5 percent of Ireland's total land area is dedicated to agriculture. Around 7.5 percent of land is used to grow crops, primarily in the east, although potatoes and oats can be raised in the west as well. Most of the farms in Ireland are small in comparison to other agricultural nations. In 1999, the estimated yield of the nation's principal crops was 1.7 million tons of sugar beets, 1.3 million tons of barley, 600,000 tons of wheat, 560,000 tons of potatoes and 136,000 tons of oats.Learn More
The main religion in the Netherlands is Roman Catholicism, to which 29 percent of the population belongs, according to a 2008 survey. Nineteen percent of Dutch citizens identify as Protestant, while 42 percent claim no religion at all.Full Answer >
As of 2014, London Heathrow is the biggest airport in Europe, based on passenger volume. In 2013, 72 million air travelers passed through Heathrow, an increase of 3.3 percent from the previous year. The second largest airport in Europe is Charles de Gaulle in Paris.Full Answer >
Belgium's main natural resources are construction materials, silica sand and carbonates. Previously, coal was also a natural resource for Belgium.Full Answer >
Cyprus is an island nation located in the Mediterranean Sea in Europe. The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and the island country has a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants.Full Answer >