Owing to the rich cultural heritage and creative exuberance of the city and its unique countryside - Irish-speaking Connemara to the west, the dramatic Burren to the south - Galway has long been designated Ireland's capital of culture.
In October 2019, Lonely Planet included Galway in its Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2020. Bohemian Galway's "lively atmosphere" and "vibrant culture" earning it the 4th Spot. In addition to being a UNESCO City of Film, Travel & Leisure magazine named Galway its Friendliest City in the World in 2015. Galway has been awarded an environmental EU Green Leaf for 2017 and has been nominated a European Region of Gastronomy in 2018.
Sitting in the centre of the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway's outdoor life and activities make the most of its dramatic countryside. Six of Galway's secondary schools rank in the top fifty in Ireland when it comes to university admissions and NUI Galway has moved steadily up the world university rankings over the past number of years.
World renowned 3rd level institutions such as NUIG and GMIT provide Galway with a highly-educated and energetic workforce. This graduate infrastructure is just one of the many factors that has drawn technology giants such as Boston Scientific, HP Enterprise and Medtronic to Galway.
Over 20% of the population come from overseas, attracted to work or to learn and live in this metropolitan city with its warm, collaborative people. Because so many people want to make living in Galway work for them they bring huge amounts of energy and creativity to their working lives as evidenced by the inclusive innovation of the start-up culture but also in the constant evolution of the larger businesses.