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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Eurostat

Last year
# five a day
Ireland ranks best in Europe for eating fruit and vegetables
The highest daily intake of five portions of fruit and vegetables among EU member states was recorded in Ireland by Eurostat.
All time
# Eurostat
The cost of food and drink in Ireland far higher than the EU average, new study finds
Ireland was second only to Finland when it came to the cost of alcohol in the EU.
# fingers burned
Only Sweden is more expensive for EU gas prices than Ireland*
*And we’re top five for electricity too.
# like rabbits
By EU standards, Ireland is pumping out new babies
Ireland has the highest birth rate in the EU.
# iWD2017
16%: Ireland's gender pay gap between male and female managers in 2014
The figures from 2014 are being discussed as part of International Women’s Day today.
# counting pennies
Almost 20% of Irish people can't afford to meet friends for a drink or meal
A report has also revealed 12% of Irish people in 2014 could not afford to take part in a leisure activity.
# status update
Ireland's young people read less online news than any other EU country (but they love Facebook)
A new survey of internet habits across Europe is quite revealing.
# Survey
Ireland has the highest alcohol prices in the EU (almost double the average)
It’s also the second most expensive country for tobacco.
# Maps
Divorce, preschool, and hospital beds: A snapshot of how Ireland compares to the rest of Europe
We’ve taken a look at some Eurostat data.
# the full decision
What's Eurostat's problem with Irish Water? ... How long have you got?
The full decision from Eurostat has been revealed. Irish Water looks to be a “heavily subsidised public monopoly” the agency says.
# Irish Water
Junior Minister claims Irish Water registration is "increasing by the day" - but hasn't seen registration figures
Paudie Coffey got into a bit of a row on the radio this morning.
# on the books
Eurostat's released its finding ... but the government's sticking to its guns on Irish Water
The European statistics agency says Irish Water has to remain part of the Exchequer’s accounts.
# new home
Ireland has given out citizenship to more people than anywhere else in the EU*
*Proportionally, that is.
# turn off the lights
Irish electricity is still ridiculously expensive...
But why? We pay the third highest tariffs in the EU, behind only Germany and Denmark.
# only way is up
Things are looking seriously rosy for the EU right now
Or for its economy at any rate. The union has outstripped growth in both the US and the UK for the start of 2015
# price explosion
House prices were up a whopping 16.3% in Ireland at the end of 2014...
… giving us easily the largest increases seen across the EU last year.
# mind the gap
Irish men are still being paid a whole lot more than Irish women
We’re nowhere near the worst country in Europe from that point of view though
# here comes the boom
Ireland has the fastest rising house prices in the EU
The period between September 2013 and 2014 saw prices rise by 15%.
# downward spiral
The ECB will get radical soon to stop the eurozone going down a deflationary hole
Prices are falling, but that’s not the good news you may think.
# not going out
Irish people have less extra cash than our European neighbours
New figures from Eurostat show Irish households to have 6% less material wealth than the European average.
# Immigration
Ireland grants citizenship to foreign nationals at a greater rate than every EU country bar one
Luxembourg’s massive foreign born population means they’re on top.
# Working 9 to 5ish
Smartphones are actually becoming our 24-hour offices
New technology is to blame for culture of working in your downtime.
# Out of work
Non-EU citizens register much higher unemployment rate across the EU than locals
Eurostat figures also show that EU citizens living in other EU states had a higher employment level last year than people from that state.
# Countdown
If EU house price rises were a music chart, would Ireland make the top 5?
Yes, just.
# Eurostat
Asylum applications to Europe were up 29% in the first quarter of this year
Applications to Ireland were up 60 to 290.
# empty wallet
Irish parents shell out for some of the highest childcare fees in Europe
A new report says that Ireland is one of only two countries where there is no minimum level of formal qualification for working with younger children.
# Wealth
Poor us: Ireland is less wealthy than the EU average
No prizes for guessing who’s towards the top…
# jobwatch
EU employment is struggling, with Ireland below average
The amount of people working in Europe has decreased, and still hasn’t recovered from the financial crisis.
# willing to work
There are 147,000 underemployed people in Ireland ready to work more hours
In the EU28 , 9.9 million of the part-time workers were classed as “underemployed” meaning they wish to work additional hours and are available to do so
# Refugees
Asylum applications in the EU surged to 435k last year
Ireland received just 0.2 per cent of these.
Damien Kiberd: If prices are deflating, why are we feeling poorer?
Statisticians tell us inflation is a memory but what lies beneath – massive premiums on childcare, health insurance, water tax and more – is a better measure of the pain consumers feel.
# If you're happy and you know it
Report shows quality of life in Ireland above EU average
The EU report was published to coincide with International Happiness Day.
# House Prices
House prices in the euro area are still on the rise
Countries like Slovenia and Denmark, however, are not faring well.
# Social Protection
Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU
The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.
# Three from Three
Ireland has the highest birth, lowest death and greatest emigration rates in Europe
As of 1 January this year, Ireland’s official population was 4,591,100.
# Targets
Ireland has reduced the number of early school leavers, Eurostat finds
Ireland is on its way to meeting its targets in some areas, but more work is needed to tackle poverty and social inclusion.
# Grassland
Ireland really is the garden of Europe, survey finds
Ireland is covered in the highest proportion of grassland in Europe, says Eurostat survey.
Budget deficit for 2012 still inside Troika target despite revisions
Initial estimates for April were revised, after it became clear that revenue from mobile phone licences should be filed under this year’s figures.
# Fertile ground
Ireland has the highest fertility rate in the European Union
New figures from Eurostar also show that Ireland has a higher than average rate of people who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion and has experienced one of the highest falls in employment.
# inflationistas
There's an incredible lack of inflation in eurozone... and the world right now
Despite the perception that central banks are pumping money frantically, inflation rate debunks this.