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Ireland, All Areas
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Ireland, All Areas

Cost of living in Ireland, prices and what it is like to live for an Expat, quality of life / hardship, and compare cost of living for Expatriates as at January 2020.

What is it like to live in Ireland?

Ireland is in Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain.

The climate is temperate maritime, modified by the North Atlantic Current with mild winters and cool summers. It is consistently humid and overcast about half the time.

The official languages are Irish, or Gaelic and English. This is only spoken mainly in the west by about 50,000 people as their primary language. English is the principal language and the language of business. Road signs are international; place names will be given in both; but Irish-language areas are increasingly using Irish only.

The main religion is Christianity.

The economy of Ireland has transformed in recent years from an agricultural focus to a modern knowledge economy, focusing on services and high-tech industries and dependent on trade, industry and investment. Economic growth in Ireland averaged a (relatively high) 10% from 1995 to 2000, and 7% from 2001 to 2004. Industry, which accounts for 46% of GDP, about 80% of exports, and 29% of the labour force, now takes the place of agriculture as the country's leading sector.

In Ireland men usually shake hands with men upon introduction. Women often, but not always, do the same. Expatriate dress code is typically conservative and formal. The safety risk for expatriates in Ireland is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime, mainly in Dublin.

The currency of Ireland is the Euro (EUR). Banking is on a par with that of the rest of Western Europe and North America.

Health care facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high.

The population is 4.8 Million (2019 est.), and the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for Ireland as at November 2019.

The Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Ireland is based on the current personal income tax rates for single and widowed persons, with no dependent children, which are progressive up to 40%.


Within Ireland we also cover Dublin.


Cost Of Living

What is the cost of living in Ireland?

The cost of living for expatriates in Ireland as at January 2020 is high in comparison to other places in the world. We have collected prices for the same items, world wide, based on Expat spending norms, in or closest to the location, and converted them to $USD so that we can compare the cost of 13 different baskets in 780 global locations. For each basket, compared to New York, the equivalent cost in Ireland is as follows:
1) Alcohol and/or Tobacco: for items such as beer, spirits, wine and tobacco related products such as cigarettes. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$860. Average price in a store for a midrange bottle of wine is USD$14.29, domestic/local beer (500ml) USD$3.32, imported/international beer (330ml) USD$3.56 and a pack of 20 cigarettes is USD$17.42.
2) Clothing: for items such as business, casual and children's clothing and footwear. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$740. Average price for an international brand of mens jeans is USD$81, a quality international brand of running shoes USD$86, mens leather shoes suitable for office wear USD$94 while a medium size international summer dress from a global chain store is USD$40.
3) Communication: for various communication costs such as home telephone rental, internet subscription, mobile service provider tariff and data costs. A basket costing USD$200 in New York costs USD$278. Average price for a monthly standard plan internet subscription is USD$57, while the benchmark mobile tariff is USD$0.27 per minute.
4) Education: for items such as creche / pre-school fees, primary school fees, high school fees and tertiary study fees. A basket costing USD$30000 in New York costs USD$23700. Average annual private international school fee (excluding extras) USD$15,311 for Primary School, and USD$17,038 for High School.
5) Furniture & Appliances: for items such as dining table and chairs, home entertainment, kitchen appliances, and sofas. A basket costing USD$2500 in New York costs USD$1650. Average price for a 6kg front loader Washing Machine is USD$633, and USD$544 for a 46+'' LED UHD TV.
6) Groceries: for items such as consumables, cleaning products, dairy, fresh fruit & vegetables, general food products, snacks, soft drinks. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$570. Average grocery prices in a major international retail store for 1 kg apples is USD$2.94, 1 kg oranges USD$3.04, 1 head lettuce USD$1.34, 1 kg potatos USD$2.04, 1 kg boneless, skinless, chicken breast USD$11.53, 1 kg cheddar cheese USD$11.38, 1 dozen large eggs USD$3.80, 500g loaf white bread USD$2.07, 1 L full cream milk USD$1.39, and 1.5 L water USD$1.85.
7) Healthcare: for general heath care, doctor visits, hospital stays, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$610. Average healthcare cost for a private practice Doctor visit for an uninsured patient is USD$49, and a private hospital stay per day including nursing care, medications, diagnostic tests, food, and related costs is USD$1,516.
8) Household Accommodation: for items such as apartment rent, house rent, property purchase, mortgage rate, and utilities. A basket costing USD$5000 in New York costs USD$3100. Average expatriate house / apartment rent for a secure upmarket unfurnished apartment (3 bedrooms) is USD$4,205 in a central location, and USD$2,760 in a suburban location, per month, excluding utilities.
9) Miscellaneous: for items such as dry cleaning, linen, magazines, newspapers, office supplies, and postage stamps. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$320. Average price for dry cleaning (1 mens 2 pc suit) is USD$6.22, while an international newspaper is USD$1.91.
10) Personal Care: for items such as cosmetics, hair care, and toiletries. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$315. Average cost for a mens haircut and blow dry is USD$25, while a womens hair colour, cut and blow dry - medium length is USD$126.
11) Recreation & Culture: for items such as books, cinema, sport and theatre tickets. A basket costing USD$500 in New York costs USD$360. Average price for a latest release international cinema ticket (average of on and off peak where applicable) for one adult is USD$14.29, and an international fitness, recreation or sports club membership cost for one adult is USD$57 per month.
12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: for items such as hotel daily room rates, meals and beverages in a restaurant, and take away food and beverages. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$790. Average cappuccino price (regular, medium) is USD$4.38, coke/pepsi (330ml) USD$2.46, burger meal (international franchise or similar) USD$11.43, and a mid-range international restaurant meal for 2 USD$85.70.
13) Transport: for items such as fuel (petrol/gasoline), car hire, public transport, vehicle purchase and maintenance. A basket costing USD$1000 in New York costs USD$1120. Average average price over the last year for highest available octane petrol / gasoline (1L) is USD$1.55, while the benchmark car sedan purchase price including taxes/duties for a compact / small / economy vehicle (1.4 L) is USD$27,465.


How does the cost of living in Ireland compare?

Ireland is -23.6% cheaper than USA for groceries, 13.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 184.6% more expensive for transport costs than India.


What is the quality of life / hardship in Ireland?

Ireland is ranked as a minimal hardship location.The hardship premium for Ireland for an expat from Australia, is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Ireland) premium of 10% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%.



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