- Population: About 10 million
- Capital city: Lisboa
- Largest city: Lisboa
- Political system: Parliamentary constitutional semi- presidencialism
- Main languages: Portuguese and English is widely spoken and understood.
- Main religion: Catholicism (80%). Other religions include Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other Christian denominations.
- Time: GMT (GMT+1 from the end of March to the end of October)
- Electricity: 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- International dialling code: +351
- Internet domain: .pt
- Emergency numbers: Dial 112 (general emergencies)
Portugal can be quite bureaucratic and things move at a slower pace than some newcomers may be accustomed to. It will take a while to adjust to this.
Portugal has a mild climate and you will be able to enjoy its many beaches and beautiful countryside year round. Winters are mild and don’t bring severe cold nor much rain.
In terms of culture Portugal is rich and there are beautiful monuments to admire dotted all over the country. Some of its countryside and coastal regions are of outstanding beauty. Its Mediterranean style food, such as its fish and convent sweets are world famous.
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You don’t need to have knowledge of Portuguese to be accepted here and to deal with day-to-day bureaucracy. The Portuguese are used to speaking different languages and trying to understand foreigners. Of course, if you are able to learn a few words of the language it will be much appreciated.