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Pros and Cons of Living in Dublin

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 02, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Dublin, Ireland include its vibrant culture, excellent public transportation, and its close proximity to other European countries. Dublin is also a great place to find employment, with a wide range of job opportunities available. Additionally, the city is known for its friendly locals and welcoming atmosphere. On the other hand, the cost of living in Dublin can be quite high, and the city can be quite crowded during peak tourist season. Additionally, the weather can be unpredictable, with frequent rain and wind.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Dublin?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Dublin 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 another expat in Dublin.

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What do expats in Dublin appreciate most about the local culture?

"Expats in Dublin appreciate the diversity of cultures present in the city, with a large immigrant community from all over the world and a vibrant atmosphere. They also very much appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality from the friendly and welcoming locals, and the fact that the city is rich in history and culture. Additionally, the city’s art scene and various literary attractions are a big draw for expats as well as locals, with everything from theatrical and visual arts to music and cinema. Pub life in Dublin is renowned and popular with expats who enjoy the friendly atmosphere of traditional pubs and the wide selection of excellent beers and locally brewed ales. Finally, the local Irish language and its many dialects are an attractive feature of the culture, and many expats take the opportunity to get to know Irish culture better by learning the language," explained one expat living in Dublin.

"Quality of friendships (once made). Kindness and helpfulness of friends. Fascinating to learn about a new culture and to learn Irish history, of which there is an extraordinary amount!!! So many places to see going back through time. In a few days you can take a visitor to ancient ruins (3000-5000 years old), historic castles and abbeys from 1100s, Viking outposts, Book of Kells from the 400s? 500s?, you can walk down a sidewalk and see a Celtic cross next to a cafe that is from 800 AD, loads of castles from the 1700s and 1800s, lovely gardens, incredible natural scenery. And lots of green hills and sheep of course," said another expat in Dublin.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Expatriates often face challenges associated with adapting to a different culture and language, finding suitable employment and housing, establishing a social network, and dealing with loneliness and/or homesickness. Other common difficulties they face include managing different expectations and cultural norms, adjusting to a different currency and banking system, finding an adequate health care and education system, and facing difficulties in creating a work-life balance," remarked another in Dublin.

"Be careful not to talk too much about yourself and reveal too much about yourself too early. It will takes weeks and months of getting together with an Irish friend to learn personal details about them. Only reveal one or two personal details per visit or it will overwhelm them. They will respect the friendship more if it is earned and learned over time. Forget getting anything fixed, it will take weeks and more than one visit. Always offer a service person (plumber, gardener, etc.) tea and make sure it is one of the two Irish brands, offering a biscuit doesn't hurt too. Won't improve the service but they will appreciate that you are polite. Always apologize if you create any sort of inconvenience for another person, it will be much appreciated," explained one expat.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

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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