Essential Info for Portugal

Population: About 10.3 million

Capital city: Lisbon 

Neighbouring countries: Spain

Geography: Portugal is located on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula which divides the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. It is located on the Atlantic coast of the plateau and crossed by several rivers. The main rivers are the Minho, Douro, Mondego, Tagus and Guadiana.

Political system: Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic

Major religions: Catholicism

Main language: Portuguese

Money: The Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. The country has a well-developed banking system and many international banks have a presence in the main Portuguese cities.

Tipping: A standard 10-15 percent tip can be added to the bill if the service is good. 

Time: GMT +0 (GMT +1 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

Electricity: 230 volts, 50 Hz. Round, two-pin plugs are most common.

International dialling code: +351

Internet domain: .pt

Emergency numbers: In the event of any emergency expats can dial 112, the general European emergency number. The standard of emergency services in Portugal are generally good. In most tourist areas the staff speak good English. 

Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Portugal. Public transport in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon and other major urban hubs is of a good standard, but national transport systems are not usually in line with standards that expats would be accustomed to in the rest of Europe. It is worth considering buying a car if expats wish to explore the country. 

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