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5 Great Big Data facts about little Ireland

More and more about big data these days providing useful insights to enable decision makers. Here are 5 nice things we’ve learned from big data about little Ireland.

As you know, from time to time, I like to “fly the flag” for Ireland and highlight why it is such a great place to live and work, and as a Data Analytics graduate, I like reading about things to do with big data, so here are 5 things you might not have known:

1. Ireland does the “most good”

Ted.com run an index called “The Good Country Index” which measures how much each country contributes to the planet. Ireland topped the poll in the latest release, at number one: http://goo.gl/dpIZXy

TED.com Good Country Index – click for a larger version

2. We have the 10th best traffic in the world

According to Numbeo, the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, Ireland ranks number 10 in the world for its traffic, its index being a composite index of time consumed in traffic due to job commute, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, CO2 consumption estimation in traffic and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system: http://goo.gl/FstxOw

Numbeo.com traffic index (by country) – click for a larger version

3. We’re pretty pollution-free too!

Again, according to Numbeo, Ireland is #11 in the global pollution index. Pollution by their definition means the amount of pollution in the country, not how much it makes (ideally of course, having both as low as possible is desireable): http://goo.gl/H5A3vU

Numbeos Pollution Index - click for an interactive version

Numbeo Pollution Index – click for an interactive version

4. We live until we’re 81 years old!

Yes, that’s what he WHO and Eurostat say. Eurostat provides detailed statistics on the EU and candidate countries, along with various statistical publications and the WHO track life expectancy on a global basis. According to Eurostat, women in Ireland live to an average age of 83.2 years, and men until we’re 78.7 years old. According to the WHO, Japan is number 1 at 84 years, so Ireland is only 3 years off that (and besides, I don’t speak Japanese). Horray!: http://goo.gl/ogNJjk

WHO Life Expectancy page. Click for an interactive version.

WHO Life Expectancy page. Click for an interactive version.

5. We smart and were getting smarter.

OK – what I mean here is more educated. The below graph, from the CSO Education analysis of the 2011 census, illustrates clearly ongoing gains in educational attainment in Ireland. This data a bit older than the rest, being a report from 2012 but I think its an important index to promote Ireland, becuase it relates not only to ourselves, but to future generations: http://goo.gl/0C1Rgj

Education Gains in Ieeland - click to see the full report.

Education Gains in Ireland – click to see the full report.

So there you go. If you want to live for a long time, in a country with low pollution, spend as little time as you can in traffic, surrounded by people who think of others and where you (and your children) will likely be the among the most educated in the world, you must be in Ireland, or on your way here.