Founded on the River Liffey by the Vikings in the ninth century, Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in Europe, with an infectious sense of fun that is evident in its frolicsome pub culture. Besides housing the greatest treasures of Ireland in its museums, it has a vibrant theater scene with the famous Abbey and Gate Theatres producing original and repertory pieces.
Over the last two decades, Dublin has achieved remarkable economic success. Its attractive tax policies, strategic location, and hardworking work force continue to draw foreign investment. Main industries include electronics, software, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, transport, food, pharmaceuticals, and tourism.
Dublin has a mild, temperate climate with unpredictable rain showers. January and February are the coldest months, and July and August are the warmest. While Dublin has frequent rain showers, snowfalls are rare.