The Republic of Ireland is a small country located in the north west of Europe. It comprises of 26 of the 32 counties of the island of Ireland. It has the Great Britain as one of its closest neighbors. Other neighbors include Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Netherlands, Belgium and Faroe Islands. Ireland covers 84, 421 sq. km of land surrounded by water. Speaking of water, Ireland is rich in oceans as it has the Atlantic Ocean to its west, the Celtic Sea to the south, and the Irish Sea separating it from the United Kingdom to the east.