Ireland – Health Overview

Coordinated by the European Institute of Women’s Health

Map of Ireland
Map of Ireland

IRELAND – A HEALTH OVERVIEW

Demographic and Socio-Economic Trends

POPULATION DISTRIBUTION

Total population (2007): 4,419,859

Female percentage of population (2007): 50.00%

Age distribution (2007):

Ages 0-14 20.3%
Ages 15-24 14.8%
Ages 25-49 38.3%
Ages 50-64 15.5%
Ages 65-79 8.4%
Age 80 and older 2.7%

 

Percentage of population over ages 0-14 (2004):

  • Female: 20.21%
  • Male: 21.5%

Percentage of population over age 65 (2004):

  • Female: 12.48%
  • Male: 9.8%

BASIC HEALTH

Life expectancy from birth (2006):

  • 82.1 years female
  • 77.3 years male

Cesarean sections per 1000 live births (2004): 254.18

Maternal mortality ratio per 100,000 live births (2005): 1

Percentage using contraception (1996): 60.2%

EMPLOYMENT

Employment rate ages 15-64 (2007):

  • Female: 60.6%
  • Male: 77.4%

Female employment rate:

  • 2007: 45.9%
  • 1997: 60.6%

Unemployment rate ages 15-64 (2007):

  • Female: 4.2%
  • Male: 4.9%

Average gross annual earnings of full-time employees in an enterprise with ten or more employees (2005):

  • Female: 33,729
  • Male: 43,478

LIFESTYLE

Percentage of population completed at least upper secondary education (2007): 67.6%

Marriage rate (2005): 5.13 per 1000 people

Divorce rate (2005): 0.8 per 1000 people

Health Issues

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Death rate from stroke ages 0-64:

  • – Female: 92
  • – Male: 108

CANCER

Cancer death rate per 100,000 (2005):

  • – Female: 158.3
  • – Male: 211.6

Cervical cancer rate per 100,000(2004):

  • – Incidence: 9.84
  • – Death: 4.57

Breast cancer rate per 100,000 (2004):

  • – Incidence: 107.55
  • – Death: 30.8

Women under 65 deaths from cancer (2006):

  • – Stomach: 22
  • – Colorectal: 62
  • – Lung: 176

Age-standardized incidence rates of colorectal cancer per 100,000 (2006):

  • Female: 36.9
  • Male: 65.2

Age-standardized incidence rates of lung cancer per 100,000 (2006):

  • Female: 34.1
  • Male: 60.2

Age-standardized mortality rates of lung cancer per 100,000 (2006):

  • Female: 26.9
  • Male: 56.7

LIFESTYLE DISORDERS

Percentage binge drinking at least once a week:

  • Female: 16%
  • Male: 48%

Total alcohol consumption litres per capita(2003): 11.6

Number of cigarettes per person per year (2000): 1813.94

Percentage non-smokers (2003):

  • female: 74.8%
  • Male: 72.3%

Percentage daily smokers (2003):

  • Female: 20.5%
  • Male: 23.9%

Percentage overweight (1999):

  • Female: 32.5%
  • Male: 46.3%

Percentage obese (1999):

  • Female: 15.9%
  • Male: 20.1%

Low Energy Expenditure (2002):

  • Female: 40.6%
  • Male: 47.6%

MOBILITY DISORDERS

In progress

MENTAL HEALTH

In progress

SEXUAL HEALTH

In progress

CHRONIC DISABLING DISORDERS

In progress

HEALTHCARE

In progress

 

This resource has been compiled from a range of information to assist researchers by having a facility with all the necessary basic information in regard to health information in Europe and individual member countries.

This reseource has been assembled from information and data gathered from: Eurostat, WHO Europe Office and other sources.

– Research completed by Kristin Semancik

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