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Portugal has a mild Mediterranean climate with over 200 days of sun per year. It’s the perfect place to spend lots of time outdoors biking, hiking, sunbathing, or spending the afternoon in an outdoor cafe with friends. Lisbon is the sunniest European capital. It has some of Europe's mildest weather in the winter and pleasant summers.

Portugal: Europe's best-kept foodie secret

 

Source: www.cnn.com

July 2016

What Wines to Drink From Portugal (by Region)

“If you don’t recognize the grape variety on a Portuguese wine label, it’s a good thing.”

 

Source: www.cnn.com

May 2016

Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

"Iceland was once again named the world’s most peaceful country, followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal, the latter improving nine places. Syria was once again named the least peaceful country."

 

Source:  www.independent.co.uk

June 2016

Capital and largest city Lisbon

Other importante cities: Porto, Braga, Coimbra, Faro

Official languages Portuguese

Ethnic groups (2011)  96.3% Portuguese / 3.7% others

PORTUGAL

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GENERAL INFORMATION

CLIMATE

SOME REFERENCES TO PORTUGAL

Main Holidays

1 January - New Years Day

14 April - Good Friday (Friday before Eastern, 2017)

25 April - Freedom Day (Democratic revolution in 1974)

1 May - Labour Day

10 June - Portugal Day

13 June - Feast of St. Anthony (only Lisbon)

15 June - Corpus Christi

24 June - Feast of St. John the Baptist (Porto only)

15 August - Assumption Day

5 October - Republic Day

1 November - All Saints Day

1 December - Restoration Day

8 December - Immaculate Conception Day

25 December - Christmas Day

Total Area 92,212 km2 / 35,603 sq mi (incuding Azores and Madeira)

Population 2015 estimate 10,341,330

Time zone WET (UTC) / AZOT (UTC−1)

(Mainland Portugal and Madeira use WET/WEST, the Azores use AZOT/AZOST)

Antipodes New Zealand and Pacific Ocean

Currency Euro (€) (EUR)

Calling code +351

Drives on the right

The summer season is 6 months long, lasting from May to October, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F) during the day and 16.2°C (61.2°F) at night.

 

December, January and February are the coldest and rainiest months, with an average daytime temperature during these 3 months of 15°C (60°F) and 9°C (48°F) at night.

LOCATED ON THE SOUTHWESTERN COAST OF EUROPE, PORTUGAL AND ITS CAPITAL CITY, LISBON, HAVE BEEN AT THE CENTER OF VARIOUS WAVES OF “GLOBALIZATION” LINKING EUROPE TO AFRICA, THE AMERICAS AND ASIA.

This propitious location, among other factors, allowed for an age of Portuguese “discoveries” during the 15th and 16th centuries that brought the language to the other continents.

 

Whereas the Portuguese were the “first in and last out” of the European imperialist project, the positive legacies of that era are now visible in the cosmopolitanism of its cities, and the growing cultural and economic links between the various regions of the Lusophone world—which now represents the world’s 6th most spoken language.