Ireland is a dynamic, lively, modern country, with a young population. The population of Ireland is approximately 4.8 million. Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th) is Ireland’s official national day. It is a national holiday and festival parades are held in towns and cities all around the country.
Firms located in Ireland provide Financial Services to every major economy in the world. The financial services industry in Ireland employs over 35,000 people.
Dublin is the capital city and has been ranked the second most attractive European financial centre after London. While Dublin acts as the main hub, the Financial Services sector has many operations in other cities such as Galway, Cork and Limerick.
Financial services activity in Dublin is centred around the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) IFSC was established in 1987 and today employs over 35,000 people in 500 companies. Ireland recently publish a new strategy which outlines ambitious targets for the development of the IFS industry in Ireland
Ireland is a small highly globalised economy with a significant number of multinational corporations and the youngest population in Europe.
Ireland has a highly educated workforce. According to the OECD 52% of 25-34 year olds have a third level qualification; 10% higher than the OECD average. Source: OECD – Education at a Glance 2015 Ireland’s education system is amongst the best in the World.
17% of Ireland’s population is international and over half a million (514,068 people) Irish residents speak a foreign language fluently.
Ireland has one of the most advanced and competitive telecommunications infrastructures in Europe. The telecommunications market is fully de-regulated and numerous companies have entered the market.
Gaelic football and hurling are very popular, traditional sports exclusive to Ireland. Ireland is a euro zone member state.