How do Irish citizens compare to other Europeans?

Just under half of Irish men between the ages of 25 and 29 years have attained third level education, while 57.3 percent of Irish women have achieved the same level of education.

According to Eurostat, the 49.6 percent average for men is over double Italy’s 21 percent rate for the same demographic. Their free tool is available to all EU citizens who want to compare themselves to their European counterparts. The European average of men this age who get a third level education is 32.8 percent.


Ninety percent of European men this age use the internet every day. Finland leads the way, with 100 percent of their young men using the web daily. Ireland is close behind with 92 percent, while Romania has the lowest engagement of this demographic, with 72 percent. Overall, 86 percent of Irish women meanwhile use the Internet every day.

Social media is the main reason young Europeans use the internet with 79 percent of young Europeans using social networks.


The average European lifespan is currently 78.1 years. Irish males have an expected lifespan of 79.3. Italy has the longest expected male lifespan of 80.7, while Latvia has the shortest expected lifespan for males with 69.1 years. Irish women’s expected lifespan is longer than Irish men by 4.2 years (83.5 years).


Ireland’s population average of people who do not own their own residences is above the EU average by 1.3 percent. According to Eurostat, the EU average of people who do not own their own residence is 30.1 percent while 31.4 percent of Irish people own their own dwelling. This is lower than Germany with its 47.5 percent rate but considerably higher than Romania where it is just 3.8 percent.


Finally, yesterday “The Climate Change Performance Index 2019,” results were published and Ireland was given the lowest score of any European country. Despite this, Eurostat calculates Irish citizens as having the lowest rate in the EU for “reporting pollution, grime or other environmental problems in their neighbourhood.”  

On average 14.2 percent of EU citizens have reported environmental issues in their neighbourhood. Malta has the highest rate with 37.7 percent.


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