Global Connectedness Index – Ireland holds the 4th rank on overall global connectedness and is among the top 25 countries on all four pillars. Ireland stands out particularly on the capital pillar, where it ranks 2nd overall (3rd on depth and 6th on breadth).
This reflects both Ireland´s large FDI and portfolio equity flows as well as the broad distribution, in particular, of its inward FDI and outward portfolio equity. Ireland is also a leading country in terms of the depth of its services trade, ranking 4th on services exports depth and 2nd on services imports depth. Ireland is unusual in having larger services than merchandise trade. Among the 140 countries in the index, only 5 have this characteristic and Ireland is the largest among them.