Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland within the province of Leinster. As the capital and largest city of Ireland, Dublin has just more than 500,000 residents, expanding to include a metropolitan area of roughly 1.6 million people.
Founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin was once the second-largest city of the British Empire. The River Liffey at the center of the city unofficially divides North and South Dublin. The city boasts more green space than any other European capital with 97 percent of residents living within 1,000 feet of one of the city's parks. Known for its plethora of pubs, Dublin is also host to one of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parades.