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Ireland may be only a relatively small country found in Western Europe, but its character has awarded it global fame. With a strong heritage and Gaelic traditions, Irish culture has spread around the world through popular festivals like St Patrick’s Day.
Moving to Ireland offers the ideal mix of spectacular countryside and lively cities, usually all within easy reach. The capital Dublin is a cosmopolitan place to be, with over 500 thousand of the countries 4.8 million residents living there. Politically the country is divided into the Republic of Ireland (commonly known as Ireland) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.
While most people won’t be moving to Ireland for the weather, the country has a moderate climate with regular rainfall. It’s that rain that helps to create the lush green landscape with has earned Ireland the nickname of the Emerald Isle.
Whether you’re looking for a slick city centre apartment, student flatshare or cosy cottage in the countryside, there are plenty of options in Ireland depending on your needs and budget.
Within the capital and other major cities, accommodation is often apartments and terraced row housing. Freestanding houses are more likely to be found in the countryside and in smaller villages or towns.
The cost of living remains high in Ireland and prices in Dublin are comparable to those of big cities like London and New York. Accommodation can be easily found through online searches, newspapers or real estate agents.
Schooling is compulsory in Ireland from the ages of 6 to 16 and most schools are publicly funded and free to attend. Standards are generally very high. There are three levels of education: primary, secondary and higher, with students at secondary school working towards qualifications known as their ‘Leaving Certificate’.
There are a number of private schools to choose from, many of which are based around Dublin and cost thousands of euros in tuition fees every year. International schools are also available, although fees are expensive and schools may have long waiting lists.
Anyone going to Ireland for the first time cannot fail to notice the number of pubs which can be found almost everywhere you look. This is perhaps a reflection of the lively and sociable nature of the Irish!
Although Gaelic is an official language, mostly everybody speaks in English. The exceptions to that are in parts of the country known as the Gaeltacht regions in the northwest and west, where Irish is more commonly heard.
Ireland is one of only a few countries in the world that does not have any snakes. Although legends claim it was the work of Saint Patrick who banished them, scientists believe it is likely due to the Ice Age.
It’s the law that every full-time employee in Ireland is entitled to 20 days’ leave per year. On top of this there are also 9 public holidays scattered throughout the year.
The most prominent religion in Ireland is Christianity, with 78% of the population identifying as Catholic.
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