The capital of Northern Ireland, on the River Lagan, at its entrance to Belfast Lough. It became a city by royal charter in 1888. After the passing of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, it became the seat of the government of Northern Ireland. The city is the shopping, retail, educational, commercial, entertainment, and service center for Northern Ireland and the seat of many of its largest businesses and hospitals. It is also Northern Ireland’s chief port, and there are ferry services to Liverpool in England, Stranraer in Scotland, and Douglas on the Isle of Man. Belfast suffered a pronounced population decline during the 1970s and ’80s as a result of the sectarian violence and a loss of manufacturing jobs. However, its population began to stabilize during the 1990s.
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