Over 17% (approximately 92,000) of Dublin’s population is made up of people originally from other countries, with the vast majority of these hailing from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France. This reflects figures in the rest of the country, with Polish people being the largest non-national group in Ireland.

Some areas of Dublin are more densely internationally populated than others; for example, one in six residents of Fingal, on Dublin’s northside, is a non-Irish national, while that figure stands at a significant 29% in Saggart, on the southside.

It’s no surprise that so many people are choosing to call Dublin home: Ireland is world renowned for being a friendly, welcoming country. In fact, it’s one of the friendliest in the world! Socialising is a huge part of Irish culture and going out with your colleagues after work is common practice in many companies here – particularly in many of the multinational corporations that tend to hire the largest numbers of international staff.

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Meetups and events

Moving somewhere new can be daunting; spending time-out with other new arrivals who have shared your experience can really help you to settle in. If you want to meet up with your fellow nationals in the city, both Meetup and InterNations run groups that can make that happen. Or try one of Dublin’s many thriving groups for ex-pats from different countries: these include associations for private individuals – like Oi (Brasil) and 

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The Big Hitters Dublin’s rich mix of history, culture and nature ensures that visitors will never run out of interesting places to visit. Best of all, many of these – including world-class galleries parks and museums – do not charge an entry fee (or even one of those ‘suggested donation’ schemes). Enjoy! The Book of Kells at Trinity College One of the world’s most famous books, the Book of Kells is a 9th-century copy of the Gospels. Spectacularly ornate, completely unique and impeccably preserved, it is housed in Dublin’s historic Trinity College Library

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People & Culture

Dublin-born icon, Oscar Wilde wrote, "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious!" If there's one thing that's central to Dubliners, it's the dry wit you'll find here; the tongue-in-cheek, good-hearted humour that makes teasing just as much a sign of the welcome as it is part of the vernacular. The biggest draw to Dublin has to be its people. They’re the reason the city was recently voted in the top 10 friendliest cities in the world; why it has the greatest nightlife; why its art and culture is some of the most influential and vibrant to be found anywhere.

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