Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ireland instead of Brunei, you would:

Health

live 3.6 years longer


In Brunei, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Ireland, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 79.4% more likely to be obese


In Brunei, 14.1% of adults are obese. In Ireland, that number is 25.3% of people.

Life

be 65.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Brunei, approximately 23.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ireland, 8.0 women do.

be 62.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Brunei, approximately 9.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ireland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 17.1% less children


In Brunei, there are approximately 17.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Ireland, there are 14.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Brunei, 76% of the population has electricity access. In Ireland, 100% of the population do.

be 15.4% more likely to have internet access


In Brunei, approximately 71.2% of the population has internet access. In Ireland, about 82.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 11.4% more on education


Brunei spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Ireland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.0 times more on healthcare


Brunei spends 2.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ireland, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 9.0 times more coastline


Brunei has a total of 161 km of coastline. In Ireland, that number is 1,448 km.

Ireland: At a glance

Ireland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 68,883 sq km. Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. For more than a century after that the population of the island continued to fall only to begin growing again in the 1960s. Over the last 50 years, Ireland's high birthrate has made it demographically one of the youngest populations in the EU. The modern Irish state traces its origins to the failed 1916 Easter Monday Uprising which touched off several years of guerrilla warfare resulting in independence from the UK in 1921 for 26 southern counties; six northern counties remained part of the UK. Unresolved issues in Northern Ireland erupted into years of violence known as the "Troubles" that began in the 1960s. The Government of Ireland was part of a process along with the UK and US Governments that helped broker what is known as The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998. This initiated a new phase of cooperation between Irish and British governments. Ireland was neutral in World War II and continues its policy of military neutrality. Ireland joined the European Community in 1973 and the Eurozone currency union in 1999. The economic boom years of the Celtic Tiger (1995-2007) saw rapid economic growth, which came to an abrupt end in 2008 with the meltdown of the Irish banking system. Today the economy is recovering, fueled by large and growing foreign direct investment, especially from US multi-nationals.

How big is Ireland compared to Brunei? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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