Instructions: Research Dublin's size, economic structure, and place in Europe. How did/does Dublin compare to other European capitals? What is the basis for the differences? How have these differences affected the Irish people?

Adam Garland

Dublin is located on the East coast of Ireland and currently has a population of 1,187,176. It is the economic, cultural and administrative capital of Ireland. Dublin county has a history of underinvestment in infrastructure and uncoordinated planning and design. As a result, many people now live just outside of Dublin and consider themselves to be residing in "the Dublin area". Furthermore, Dublin's economic role for Ireland is huge. It accounts for over four out of every ten jobs, just under half of all goods and services produced and nearly half of Ireland’s tax revenue. Dublin is the European headquarters for major corporations such as Google, eBay, and Yahoo. It is also the learning capital of Ireland, as it has the most educated people and is home to many famous colleges such as University College Dublin.

Although many other European capitals are also very large and in charge, none quite match Dublin's enormous influence. Capitals such as London, Berlin, and Warsaw have neither the comparitive size or economic strength to their country as Dublin does. This difference is most likely a result of so many large businesses located in the city which provided jobs to the local people. Guinness brewing had a large economic impact in this way. This has greatly affected the Irish people because everything in their country is now centralized. Ireland is not huge, but the city is gigantic- in the 17th Century it was the fifth largest Euro city.

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http://www.worldtravelguide.net/city/44/statistics/Europe/Dublin.html

http://www.dublinchamber.ie/economy.asp