The country may be renowned for its work ethic, but it places equal emphasis on the friendliness of the people and the quality of life. There’s an excellent education system, a world-class healthcare service and all manner of very affordable property.
Leisure and Pleasure
You can cross Northern Ireland by car in about two hours – north to south, or east to west – but in between there is a rich variety of scenery, activities, and a host of cultural attractions and leisure opportunities.
In terms of its beauty, Northern Ireland is no different to the south, with gentle green rolling hills, majestic cliff faces and ancient grey stone ruins dotted throughout. In fact it lays claim to one of Ireland‘s most popular natural tourist sites – the Giant‘s Causeway on the spectacular County Antrim coastline.
Northern Ireland’s population of 1.8 million is one of Europe’s youngest and fastest growing. Over 40 per cent are aged 29 or under, and 55 per cent are under the age of 40. There is an enthusiastic and steady stream of smart, talented people for knowledge-based companies seeking a strong workforce.
Property costs in Northern Ireland compare very favourably with other regions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The overall tax burden in Northern Ireland is the lowest of all the major European economies.
Cost of Living
A single person in Northern Ireland can earn at least £14000 per year and will be able to afford a minimum socially acceptable standard of living.
Three airports deal with almost seven million passengers a year. Belfast International Airport runs daily scheduled flights to destinations such as New York, London, Paris and Amsterdam. The region boasts four ports – Belfast Harbour, Foyle Port, Warrenpoint Harbour and Larne Harbour. Belfast Harbour is the second busiest port on the island of Ireland.