Ireland is now considered to be almost as tolerant as Scandinavian countries when it comes to social issues, a new survey has found.

The survey, which polled 27,000 people across EU member states, gauged people's opinions on issues like gay marriage, women or gays in high political office and attitudes towards ethnic minorities.

94% of Irish people surveyed said they would have no problem with a woman holding a high political office, which is no surprise considering we had two female Presidents. The EU average for the same question is 82%.

When it came to a lesbian, gay or bisexual President or Taoiseach, 81% of Irish people said they would have no problem compared to the EU average of 54%. As for gay marriage, 80% of Irish people it should be available across the entire European Union in comparison to the total average of just 61%.

As for their children having a relationship with a black person, the survey found that 78% of Irish people would have no problem with. For Asians and members of the Roma community, the result was slightly less - 79% and 59%, respectively.

When asked if they felt there was widespread discrimination in Ireland based on ethnic grounds, 58% believed there was.

Overall, the survey found that Ireland is amongst the most tolerant and inclusive of countries in the EU - which is pretty good, in fairness.