KNOWLEDGE BASE Ireland Facts, Figures, Global Rankings

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Facts, Figures, and Global Rankings for Ireland

We have compiled a list of excellent resources to help you learn more about Ireland, its people, and aspects of doing business in the country. Use this information to help you make informed decisions about locating your business, or a division of your business, in Ireland. 

Central Statistics Office of Ireland - The mandate of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) is "The collection, compilation, extraction, and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State". The CSO is also responsible for coordinating the official statistics of other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records. On this site, you can find information on subjects such as the 2016 census, population, employment figures, the retail sales index, and the consumer price index. There is much more you will find available through the CSO. 

IDA Ireland - IDA Ireland is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. IDA Ireland partners with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland.

Ireland was ranked the 4th best country in the world to do business by Forbes in its 2017 list. 

World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index - This annual index ranks over 130 countries on their relative competitiveness across a number of indices: Basic Requirements, Efficiency Enhancers, and Innovation and Sophistication Factors. Each country has its own profile with subindex scores and trends over time.

World Bank Group Doing Business Report - This annual report rates and ranks 190 countries on their ease of doing business.  A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. Each country's profile contains information on things such as taxes, time to set up a business, and trading across borders. 

World Bank Group Worldwide Governance Indicators - This project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories from 1996–2016. It covers six dimensions of governance, including Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption. 

World Economic Forum Global Information Technology Report - The Global Information Technology Report features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index. The Networked Readiness Index assesses the factors, policies, and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) for increased competitiveness and well-being.

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report - The World Economic Forum uses the Global Gender Gap Report to quantify the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time. It places a specific focus on the relative gaps between women and men across four key areas: health, education, economy, and politics.

Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index - Every year, Transparency International publishes a report on perceived public sector corruption around the world. Transparency International looks at a number of areas where corruption can take place, such as education, and defense and security. 

World Bank Open Data - Free and open access to global development data - The site is designed to make World Bank data easy to find, download, and use. All of the data found here can be used free of charge with minimal restrictions.

World Factbook - This US government resource compiles data about each country, including historical background, geography, people and society, government, economy, energy, communications, transportation, military and security, and transnational issues. 

Google Consumer Barometer - Use the Google Consumer Barometer to learn about how people around the world use the internet  - from connectivity levels, to what devices they use to access the internet, to online product research and shopping patterns, to social media platforms, plus much more. Data in the Consumer Barometer is pulled from two sources - the core Consumer Barometer questionnaire, which is focused on the adult online population, and Connected Consumer Study, which seeks to enumerate the total adult population and is used to weight the Consumer Barometer results.

KNOWLEDGE BASE Ireland Facts, Figures, Global Rankings