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Characterised by lush dales, magnificent scenery, ancient cities and towns, and friendly people, Ireland is an increasingly attractive prospect for expats, and its capital, Dublin, is drawing more foreigners than ever before. The city retains majestic reminders of a storied past combined with eminently modern features and infrastructure, resulting in what is one of Europe's most beautiful and efficient cities today.
For years the capital of the Emerald Isle was known as something of a peripheral European centre of sluggish industry and good alcohol. Expats moved for the charm of the city and its friendly residents, rather than career development or lucrative salaries. But following Brexit, and the fact that many corporations are now choosing to base their European headquarters in Dublin, the Irish capital is experiencing an economic boom and, as an expat destination, is now more attractive than ever before.
Remnants of a gilded age persist, mixed with modern construction projects which house the offices of a slew of international companies. A substantial IT industry and a booming tech sector are drawing expats from the USA, Europe and elsewhere to live and work in Dublin. Several major pharmaceutical companies also have manufacturing centres or headquarters in the city.
Dublin’s cost of living, unfortunately, is rather high, with astronomical property prices and stiff competition for jobs now even causing many locals to leave the city. For many expats, the cramped and overpriced living quarters can be difficult to adjust to, not to mention the, shall we say, less than stellar year-round weather.
That said, expats who manage to secure a job in Ireland are usually paid enough to ensure a good quality of life despite the expenses. And, in true Dublin fashion, most hardships can be overcome at the local pub.
Dublin has transformed into a cosmopolitan city and has opened up as an international pivot point, but retains an authentic atmosphere that combines cobblestone history with glass and steel modernity. Expats living here are not only perfectly placed to enjoy the best of life in Ireland, but also to explore the rest of Western Europe, which is mostly a quick and affordable flight away.
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"I like how compact Dublin City Centre is; you can walk or cycle everywhere. I like all the parks and squares, cafes and the huge variety of restaurants, shops and convenience stores, and also the products you can get here." For more on Joanna from Poland's thoughts on living in Dublin, read our expat interview with her.
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