Ireland is one of the most visited tourist countries in Europe with almost 9 million visitors in 2014. In a heavily populated country, that number would probably not come as a surprise, but since Ireland has only around 4.8 million inhabitants, that makes a lot. Despite or mainly because of the low population density, it is a prosperous and happy country.
In 2017 Ireland was the second richest country in Europe with a gross domestic product of $ 75,539 per inhabitant.
The official languages of Ireland are English and Gaelic. Anyone who speaks English will be able to communicate with everyone in Ireland. Even so, learning some Gaelic vocabulary is not a mistake when moving around the sparsely populated areas of Ireland.
Health and Culture
Once you live in Ireland you do not have to pay any health insurance contributions and each visit to the doctor costs you € 50. However, private insurance is also possible. You can only claim social assistance benefits after seven years of taxable work. Water supply is free for everyone.
St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th is a world-wide known and partially celebrated day. This is mainly because there are estimates that more than 40 million people of Irish descent live around the world, mainly due to the great rural exodus in the 19th century due to famine and British oppression.
Work and economy
In order to be allowed to stay longer than 3 months, you will need different documents, depending on whether you are an employee, self-employed, pensioner or student.
- Employees need: certificate of employment
- Self-employed require: Proof of the declaration of independence
- Retired person need: proof of health insurance; Proof that they can live independently without income subsidies
- Students need: enrollment with a recognized educational institution
The following professions are particularly in demand in Ireland:
- Skilled workers for the pharmaceutical industry
- IT specialists
- Employees in the hotel and catering industry
- Employees in call centers
When buying real estate, the notary and also the lawyer pay 1% of the purchase price of their house.
Please note that the information on this website does not constitute legally binding advice. Only a specialist lawyer can guarantee one hundred percent legal security. All information is non-binding and without guarantee as it can change constantly.
Status: October 2019