ALL ABOUT PORTUGAL
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The 4th most peaceful country

Portugal is the fourth most peaceful country in the world and was recently elected the best country for expats to live in. Blessed with warm weather and long summers, the people who live here have 903km of coastline to explore and fall in love with. Easy access both by road and rail, you can go from Lisbon to Porto in 2H50M by car, or choose a low cost air company and fly to Madrid, Paris or London, just 1 or 2 hours long.
Portugal is a member of several global and European organizations, communities, treaties, as well as one of the most globalized and peaceful nations in the world, which consolidates its position in the competitive and innovative nation’s market and makes it a very sought-after destination by investors from the entire world. Innovation and creativity are part of the country’s identity. The giant tech Google considers Portugal to be a leading country in Europe for the digital app economy. It’s the 8th country in the EU-28 with the highest number of high-speed broadband subscriptions per capita, a leading country in the execution of operations through the ATM network and Via Verde, the electronic toll network, is a Portuguese invention and groundbreaking on a global level in toll management.
Portugal is 1 hour from Madrid, 2 hours from London and 3,5 hours from Berlin, with easy and fast access to all European capitals by plane, without frontiers rules.
Geography
Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 92,212 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.
The Azores are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. They have an area of 2,355 km2 and consist of nine islands – São Miguel and Santa Maria in the Eastern Group, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the Central Group and Flores and Corvo in the Western Group. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.
The Madeira Archipelago has an area of 741 km2 and lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European continent (1½ hours flying time from Lisbon). It consists of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are nature reserves.
Climate
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.
In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.
The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea. There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called “St. Martin’s Summer” as this saint’s day is on 11 November.
Population
Portugal has a population of about 10 million.
The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital and its suburbs, where about 1.9 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north.
Generally speaking, there are more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.
Religion
The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.
Language
From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent, and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.
The Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor, the youngest nation in the world), and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China.
In Portugal there are lots of people who are able to communicate in English, French and Spanish.
Business
Portugal stands out by the capacity of improvement on econimic side, has lower urban density than Spain and mostly it is a safe country.
From Renewable Energies to Information and Communication Technologies the country is leading in a diversified range of sectors inspiring Global Brands to invest in Portugal, and buy innovative products or solutions from leading Portuguese companies.

MADRID

1:10 hours from Lisbon

PARIS

2:20 hours from Lisbon

LONDON

2:30 hours from Lisbon

BERNE

2:30 hours from Lisbon

ROME

2:50 hours from Lisbon

BERLIN

3:20 hours from Lisbon

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