A modern knowledge economy, Ireland ranks 12th in the world in GDP per capita, with service and industry sectors contributing the most growth and employment.
Many high-tech industries are represented in Ireland, including pharmaceuticals,medical devices, chemicals, computer hardware and software, food products, beverages and brewing.
There’s also a strong entrepreneurial spirit in Ireland, backed by significant government initiatives. One in every 11 adults in the country is engaged in some form of early stage entrepreneurial activity, and Ireland ranks among the top ten countries in best countries to start a business, according to the World Bank.
A placement with a business here is one of the most accessible ways to experience enterprise on another continent. Many Irish businesses have pan-European ambitions and strong export arms to reach larger, international markets. Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone.