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GALLERY: Ireland's 20 most improved trading partners in 2011

We’ve ranked the countries with which Ireland has the best surplus of exports – and seen where that’s grown in 2011.

THE CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE has this morning published the first comprehensive breakdown of the countries and territories to which Ireland sent exports, and from which Ireland took imports, for 2011.

The report gives the first full breakdown of what Ireland exported, where it was sent, and which countries have proven to be the most fertile ground to sell Irish goods and services abroad.

With that in mind, we’ve crunched the numbers for 2010 and 2011, and compared Ireland’s trade surplus – that is, the amount by which exports exceeded imports – and identified the 20 countries where that grew last year.

Put simply, the 20 countries are the ones which increased their appetite for Irish wares in 2011 – and the ones where, if exports are going to lead an economic recovery, the going has been good so far.

GALLERY: Ireland's 20 most improved trading partners in 2011
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  • 20 - Kuwait

  • 19 - Canada

  • 18 - Mexico

  • 17 - Romania

  • 16 - Poland

  • 15 - Finland

  • 14 - Sweden

  • 13 - Norway

  • 12 - Hong Kong

  • 11 - United Arab Emirates

  • 10 - Singapore

  • 9 - Hungary

  • 8 - Russia

  • 7 - Libya

  • 6 - Switzerland

  • 5 - Denmark

  • 4 - Israel

  • 3 - Italy

  • 2 - France

  • 1 - USA

All photos from Press Association Images.

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