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German Nationals: 11,531

In April 2016, there were 11,531 German nationals who were usually resident in Ireland, a 2 per cent increase on April 2011.

Table 11.1 Population Usually Resident by Nationality and Census Year

It's a Fact

  • 40 per cent of German nationals indicated they had no religious beliefs in April 2016

Place of Residence

A high proportion of German nationals usually resident in Ireland were living in county Dublin and the surrounding counties (Meath, Kildare, and Wicklow), as shown in Figure 11.1 (over 40% of the German population). High concentrations of German nationals were also found to be living in Lisdoonvarna and the areas surrounding Cork city, highlighted in green in Figure 11.1. Compared with Brazilian, Spanish, Italian, and French nationals living in Ireland, the German population was more spread throughout the country.

Figure 11.1 Proportion of German Population Usually Resident in Ireland by Electoral Division, 2016

Age and Sex

In April 2016 there were 6,539 German females living in Ireland. This accounted for 57 per cent of the German population.

While overall, the German population increased between 2011 and 2016, the number of males decreased. In 2011, there were 5,011 German males living in Ireland, as of April 2016, this number had fallen to 4,992.

The age breakdown of the German and State population can be seen by clicking an option below:

The average age of the German population living in Ireland increased by over 4 years between 2006 and 2016, from 36.2 years to 40.5 years.

Table 11.2 Population Usually Resident in the State by Nationality, Average Age, and Census Year


In April 2016, 70 per cent of German nationals, aged 4 years and over, indicated they spoke English very well (7,946 persons), the highest proportion of the nine non-native English speaking nationalities profiled.

Average of all other nationalities - 2016German - 2016
Not well, not at all, not stated22.2314.39
Very well40.4869.99

Economic Status 

The proportion of German nationals aged 15 years and over at work (65%, 6,974 Germans) was higher than for the State (53%), in April 2016.

0Unemployed, unable to work or other economic statusLooking after home/familyStudent or pupilRetiredPersons at work

Industry and Occupation

A fifth of the German population was working in the information and communication activities industry (19%), the greatest proportion of German nationals in any one industry. This was also a much larger proportion of the population in this industry than the State population (4%). While German nationals were found to be working in a broad range of occupations within this industry, greater numbers of persons indicated they worked as programmers, financial accountants, sales executives, and IT support technicians and engineers.

Table 11.3 Population Aged 15 Years and Over, at Work, by Nationality, Broad Industrial Group, and Census Year
 German 2011German 2016State 2016
At Work6,4386,9741,970,728
Information and communication activities17%19%4%
Professional, scientific and technical activities7%9%6%