Have you ever wondered where Ireland ranks in the world in terms of global statistics like democracy, health and education?

Well, thanks to The Economist Pocket World in Figures' trends and statistics we can get some idea as to where the Emerald Isle ranks.

Here at IrishCentral we have been taking a look at some of the more fascinating facts and figures compiled from the world today and find out where Ireland is placed.

DEMOCRACY

Ireland is ranked 13th with a score of 8.56 (10=max) amongst the most democratic countries worldwide.

Most democratic countries (Score out of 10 in 2012) 1. Norway 9.93 2. Sweden 9.73 3. Iceland 9.65 4. Denmark 9.52 5. New Zealand 9.26 6. Australia 9.22 7. Switzerland 9.09 8. Canada 9.08 9. Finland 9.06 10. Netherlands 8.99 13. Ireland 8.56

ECONOMY

It’s good news for Ireland in this category with a score 4.66 (21st) in the world's most innovative economies and 5.82 (12th) in the most technology-ready economies.

Most innovative economies  1. Switzerland; score: 5.78 2. Finland 5.75 3. Israel 5.57 4. Sweden 5.56 5. Japan 5.54 6. United States 5.50 7. Germany 5.42 8. Singapore 5.39 9. Netherlands 5.31 10. United Kingdom 5.17 21. Ireland 4.66

Most technology-ready economies  1. Sweden 6.29 2. Luxembourg 6.21 3. Denmark 6.17 4. Hong Kong 6.16 5. Singapore 6.10 6. Switzerland 6.02 7. United Kingdom 6.00 8. Iceland 5.99 9. Netherlands 5.98 10. Finland 5.92 12. Ireland 5.82

HEALTH AND EDUCATION

Irish people have a decent life expectancy in comparison to other countries. The average life expectancy of an Irish-born person is 80 for 21st in the world.

Highest life expectancy (Average oldest age) 1. Monaco 89.7 2. Japan 83.7 3. Hong Kong 83.2 4. San Marino 83.1 5. Andorra 82.5 5. Switzerland 82.5 7. Australia 82.1 8. Iceland 82.0 9. Israel 82.0 10. Italy 82.0 21. Ireland 80.8

ENTERTAINMENT

Ireland is fast becoming a technology hub with engagement on social media in line with other leading technology countries.

Most Facebook users (Number of users per 1,000 people in 2013) 1. Monaco 984 2. Iceland 744 3. Faroe Islands 642 4. Cayman Islands 593 5. Taiwan 578 6. Norway 565 7. Chile 558 8. Bahamas 552 9. Malta 551 10. Hong Kong 547 25. Ireland 492

Most internet users (Number of users per 100 people in 2011) 1. Iceland 95 2. Norway 94 3. Netherlands 92.3 4. Sweden 91 5. Luxembourg 90.9 6. Denmark 90.0 7. Finland 89.4 8. Bermuda 88.3 9. Qatar 86.2 10. New Zealand 86.0 27. Ireland 76.8

FOOD AND DRINK

No surprises in this category as Ireland is ranked third worldwide in terms of liters of alcohol sold.
Liters of alcohol sold per person in 2011: 1. Czech Republic 173.3 2. Luxembourg 153.3 3. Ireland 149.7 4. Slovenia 145.5 5. Germany 144.9 6. Austria 144.2 7. Estonia 141.1 8. Australia 121.6 9. Belgium 119.9 10. Finland 117.3

HOUSEHOLD AND LIVING COSTS

The cost of living in Ireland and the levels of household debt are a cause for concern with Ireland ranking third most indebted nation.

Highest Level of Household Debt (As percentage of gross disposable income in 2011 1. Denmark 301.5 2. Netherlands 280.5 3. Ireland 225.6 4. Norway 200.6 5. Switzerland 186.4 6. Australia 168.0 7. Sweden 167.8 8. South Korea 156.3 9. United Kingdom 151.2 10. Canada 146.5

Highest cost of living Country Score 1. Japan 152 2. Australia 137 3. Norway 136 4. Singapore 135 5. France 128 6. Venezuela 126 7. Switzerland 124 8. Hong Kong 116 9. Denmark 114 10. United Kingdom 112 20. Ireland 98

UNEMPLOYMENT

As emigration levels continue to soar in Ireland check out where Irelands ranks in terms of unemployment and youth employment.

Highest rates (Percentage of labour force unemployed in 2012) 1. Namibia 37.6% 2. Réunion 33.6% 3. Macedonia 31.4% 4. Guadeloupe 28.9% 5. Bosnia 27.6% 6. Martinique 25.5% 7. Lesotho 25.3% 8. South Africa 24.7% 9. West Bank & Gaza 23.5% 10. Belize 23.3% 25. Ireland 14.4%

Highest youth unemployment rates (Percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds unemployed in 2012) 1. Bosnia 57.5% 2. Macedonia 55.3% 3. South Africa 49.8% 4. Spain 46.4%  5. Serbia 46.1% = 5. Guyana 46.1% 7. Greece 44.4% 8. West Bank & Gaza 38.8% 9. Montenegro 37.0% 10. Croatia 36.1% 18. Ireland 29.4%

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