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Pros and Cons of Living in Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 13, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Ireland include its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and vibrant culture. Ireland is also known for its excellent education system and its strong economy. Additionally, the country is known for its low crime rate and its high quality of life. The cons of living in Ireland include its high cost of living, especially in the larger cities. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable and the country is known for its frequent rain. Furthermore, the country is relatively small, so there are limited job opportunities and career paths.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Ireland?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Ireland responded:

"The weather in the east of Ireland, middle/south, is better than most people think. It's nice to live close to the sea. Taxes deducted from your salary are relatively low compared to, e.g., Germany. Dislike: the people (of course there are always exceptions), the prices, lack of housing and lack of rights for renters, feels rather provincial once you are outside of Dublin, health care system, there's not Amazon Ireland and with Brexit now we have to pay import taxes, shipping parcels to other countries is ridiculously expensive, more traditional gender division than in other northern countries," said one in Dublin.

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Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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