Portugal Facts

Mediterranean Climate, 3000h Sunshine, 850kms Splendid Beaches

Portugal’s history is enriched by generations of trade and seafaring. Portugal is a member of the European Union since 1986 (former EEC), but its history starts way before that period of time. In 1143, Portugal established itself as an independent kingdom and is one of the oldest European nations.

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Marked by its momentous voyages during the Discoveries Age, Portugal led to the emergence and development of the first global economy and was made the center of international trade and cultural exchange.
From spices and gold to the finest silks and flavors (such as coffee, sugar or chocolate), you could expect to find everything and everyone in this fabulous trading hub that brought indescribable wealth to all the great cities.

This long commercial history continues to live on in the hearts and minds of the Portuguese locals. For example, Portugal is still one of the richest coffee drinking countries in the world and stopping at one of the legendary Portuguese ‘cafés’ is considered mandatory for any visitor or local. You can expect to be received warmly and with courtesy by all locals and residents. The Portuguese are exceptionally hospitable and eager to help.

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Climate

Along with its economic and commercial history, Portugal is known for having one of the most stable climates in the world, with its moderate and kind weather influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas. As a tourism treasure, Portugal has the most annual sunshine hours in Europe and, undoubtedly, some of the continent’s most beautiful Portugal Beaches, particularly in the southernmost province Algarve.

Education and Health systems

With unmatched hospitality and a balanced lifestyle, Portugal has a long-standing tradition in high-quality education for all citizens and is currently renowned for having one of the world’s best healthcare systems. If you are coming to Study in Portugal you will love it.

Most spoken languages

Besides, since most locals have English as a second language and are fluent in French and Spanish, you are guaranteed to feel very welcomed and comfortable from the moment you arrive. You will fall in love with our historic architecture and picturesque neighborhoods.

Geography

Portugal is unique in terms of climate and resources due to its geography, combining in its territory the moderate temperatures of the north with the warmth of the south.

The hilly and mountainous North is famous for its Port wine and wonderful views.

The Douro River is the second largest river in Portugal and is distinguished by its beautiful mountain slopes covered with the typical Vineyard Properties.

The flatter and wider South is much warmer than the north, and is characterized by a coastline of endless yellow sandy beaches. The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is esteemed for the breathtaking sunsets and has gained a reputation for being one of Europe’s best nightlife cities.

Another special place, which is particularly sought after by locals and tourists, and that should not be missed by any chance is the Roca Cape (Cabo da Roca). Situated 140 meters above sea level, the Roca Cape is the westernmost point in mainlandEurope and a spot of peerless beauty and transcendent charms.

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Taxes

Due to its clear and transparent rules, Portugal has become one of the best countries in the world to buy a property.

Incredibly rich in tradition and heritage and with a versatile range of Properties, Portugal is currently offering a special tax regime for Non-habitual residents (NHR’s) that provides beneficial tax treatment and is widely considered as one of the most appealing investment opportunities for individual taxpayers within the European area.
And non-EU citizens who invest in Portugal for a minimum of 5 years can now benefit from the Golden Visa Program, which was launched by the Portuguese government in October 2012.

Population

With an estimated population of over 10 million, the Portuguese language is the official language in 9 countries and the sixth most spoken language in the world (by more than 240 million people worldwide). The Portuguese are justifiably proud of their beautiful country and remarkable culture.