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Surface area 70,274 km2
Population 5 million
Time difference with France 1 h

Although Ireland represents only 1% of the European population, it is the only English-speaking country to have adopted the euro and is positioned as an essential platform between North America and Europe.  In addition, it has excellent economic and financial indicators - one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU (4.6%) and one of the highest growth rates in the European Union (8%).

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Language Spoken : English, Irish
Local Currency : Euro
Capital : Dublin

The conditions for undertaking a Business France V.I.E in Ireland

Do you already meet the criteria of the French International Internship Program ?
Then consult the table here !

- If your situation has only ☼, you can try your luck for a V.I.E Assignment in Ireland. Your application will be examined.
- If your situation has at least one X, Ireland cannot host you as a V.I.E Participant, sorry. But keep looking ! There are other great destinations to be discovered !

Doubts about your eligibility ? Do not hesitate to contact us.

The conditions for undertaking a Business France VIA in Ireland

To go to Ireland as a V.I.A, you must fulfil the access conditions to the V.I.A.
The administration that is recruiting you is responsible for your residence permit.

Cultural work codes in Ireland

Welcome to Ireland ! Fáilte go hÉirinn! Ireland has two official languages, Irish and English. If you are unsure about your Gaelic pronunciation, don’t panic ! English is used all the time by Irish people. A little tip though, familiarise yourself with local first names that can be quite complicated for a foreigner to pronounce: Sinead, Siobhan, Aoife, Saoirse... Don't worry, they are generally easier to say than they appear in writing.

In this small country where everyone knows everyone else, simplicity and friendliness prevail and hierarchical relations are not very clearly defined. You will be warmly welcomed by the Irish who really like networking and value good relations. So avoid arrogance, aggression and gossip. Never forget that people know each other, even indirectly !

However, Irish people are not afraid of debates and passionate conversations. Safe topics ? Weather, leisure, transport, sport. For politics and religion, let the person you are talking to broach the subject first. Also expect to laugh! Irish people are masters of humour, which they often use to break the ice and avoid direct confrontation. So now is the time to wake up your inner comedian !

Things that may surprise you in Ireland

- In Ireland, people talk to each other without embarrassment or distrust, whether they know each other or not. Don't be surprised if the supermarket cashier, taxi driver or elderly person at the bus stop starts up a conversation with you as if you've known each other for 20 years : "How are you doll, love, sweetheart ?" You get used to it and, in all honesty, in the end quite enjoy it !

- Don't believe the saying that it rains non-stop in Ireland. In reality, the weather is extremely changeable. What's good is that there's something for everyone ! A big downpour ? Just wait a quarter of an hour and you will see the sun come out or, not so nice, a hailstorm.

- Ireland is known for its pub culture. You will soon realise that pubs have a very different atmosphere from our bars. Friendliness is the key word. All generations come together to eat a bite, drink a beer and sing “Galway Girl” at the top of their voices.

- Ah! Irish buses… quite a story ! You will need to be patient. Often late, they also have quite a complex fares system. The price changes depending on your destination and if you pay in cash, you must put in the exact amount ! Bus stops are also quite cryptic, often named with letters and numbers. A little tip - note the shops or a pub near your stop to communicate with the driver. Forget stop no. 145 and say “Independent Pizza Company at Drumcondra, please” !

- If the landscapes of the Game of Thrones series fascinate you, expect to find the same emotion in Ireland - minus the bloody fights and dragons! - Irish nature and its landscapes are absolutely breathtaking: The Cliffs of Moher, The Giant’s Causeway, Connemara, The Ring of Kerry… A road trip is essential !

- Coming back soaked from your weekend in Galway ? All you want is to take a good hot shower as quickly as you can. Expats know that it’s not that simple. Discover the joys of the electric shower and its water tank, which must be heated half an hour in advance. Another piping oddity - taps are very rarely equipped with mixers. So you need to learn the knack of juggling between hot and cold !

- Irish banks and government agencies have their own specific opening times. Remember that they open around 9 a.m. and close between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.  What about weekends ? They are simply closed. As a result, you will certainly have to wait for your days off to go there.

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