According to Irish lore regarding St. Patrick he was actually born in Wales around 385 A.D. and given the name Maewyn. As a youth he was far from being a saint and actually considered himself to be a pagan. Around the age of 16 he was kidnapped by pirates who raided his village and sold into slavery in Ireland where he was forced to work as a shepherd. It was during his captivity of about 6 years..
In political geography and international politics a country is a geographical territory. A dictionary definition would be "the land of a person's birth, residence, or citizenship; a political state or nation or its territory". In common usage, it is used casually in the sense of both nation (a cultural entity; see below) and state (a political entity; see below). Definitions may vary. It is sometimes used to refer to both states and some other political entities., while in some occasions it refers only to State. It is not uncommon for general information or statistical publications to adopt the wider definition for purposes such as illustration and comparison.