Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 98.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Namibia, 11.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Ireland, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 15.9 years longer


In Namibia, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Ireland, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 47.1% more likely to be obese


In Namibia, 17.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ireland, that number is 25.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 6.5 times more money


Namibia has a GDP per capita of $11,200 as of 2017, while in Ireland, the GDP per capita is $73,200 as of 2017.

be 80.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Namibia, 34.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2016. In Ireland, that number is 6.7% as of 2017.

be 71.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Namibia, 28.7% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Ireland, however, that number is 8.2% as of 2013.

pay a 29.7% higher top tax rate


Namibia has a top tax rate of 37.0% as of 2016. In Ireland, the top tax rate is 48.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Namibia, approximately 195.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ireland, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 88.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Namibia, approximately 31.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Ireland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do as of 2020.

have 49.4% fewer children


In Namibia, there are approximately 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ireland, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 93.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Namibia, approximately 52% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Ireland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 65.7% more likely to have internet access


In Namibia, approximately 51.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ireland, about 84.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 19.4% more on education


Namibia spends 3.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Ireland spends 3.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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 Namibia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Inland Revenue Department.

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