Ireland is one of the best places in the world to live. Perhaps the best country in the world to live. But don’t just take our word for it.
Ireland is still top in The Good Country Index which ranked 125 countries around the world “on what they contribute to humanity and the rest of the planet”.
Those behind the first global index say: “For the size of its economy, [Ireland’s] combined global contributions to science and technology; culture, international peace and security; world order; planet and climate; prosperity and equality; and the health and wellbeing of humanity, outranks those of any other country.” Ireland is a friendly and welcoming country with an international outlook.
Moreover, Ireland came top in the Index’s “Equality and Prosperity” category. So the country is especially attractive to ambitious people who want to relocate from abroad and advance their careers.
Ranked by per capita GDP, Ireland is one of the top ten richest countries in the world.
Town & country
Another reason why you might find Ireland particularly attractive is its geography. Cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway are often found among the top best cities in the world in which to live and, as a result, are highly sought after as locations both by new businesses and by high quality, experienced and well trained people.
All of Dublin’s major cities have an exciting artistic and cultural life, with museums, art galleries, cinemas and theatres. There is plenty going on in Ireland’s cities for sports fans, too. Gaelic football and hurling, the national sports, are very popular across the country, as are football (soccer) and rugby union.
And yet, even in the capital city, Dublin, you are never far from the countryside and country pursuits. You are also never far from water: dramatic coastlines and beautiful lakes and rivers.
In Ireland, you really can have the best of both worlds!
With plenty of high quality primary, secondary and pre-schools, and some of Europe’s best universities and technical colleges, there are educational opportunities to suit all requirements. So it is a great country to raise a family.
English is one of the two official languages in Ireland, alongside Gaelic. However, English is the language that everyone uses not only in business but also in everyday life apart from in the “Gaeltacht” – the Gaelic-speaking areas to the west.
If you have visited or lived in other English-speaking countries, you will notice a difference in accent and you will pick up some phrases that are typically Irish. Often, this is because the English wording is a direct rendition of a Gaelic phrase or saying. In fact, many say that this is one of the most charming features of the country. Many of the greatest poets, dramatists, novelists and song-writers in the English language are Irish men and women.
Opportunities for bilingual talent
As Irish businesses reach out to European countries and beyond, there is a pressing need for people who combine knowledge of English with a foreign language, especially those who are fluent in languages such as German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. For bilingual and multilingual talent, Ireland really is a land of huge opportunity.
Discover more about Ireland on the pages ahead. They cover most of the questions people ask when coming to work here, but if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.