Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ireland instead of United Kingdom, you would:

Economy

make 71.2% more money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,100, while in Ireland, the GDP per capita is $75,500.

be 45.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line. In Ireland, however, that number is 8.2%.

be 45.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Ireland, that number is 6.4%.

Life

be 16.3% less likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ireland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 16.5% more children


In United Kingdom, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Ireland, there are 14.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.3% less likely to have internet access


In United Kingdom, approximately 94.8% of the population has internet access. In Ireland, about 82.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 12.5% less on education


United Kingdom spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education. Ireland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 14.3% less on healthcare


United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ireland, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 88.3% less coastline


United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 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 United Kingdom? 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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