Frequently Asked Questions about Portugal

Expats moving to Portugal might have a number of questions regarding their relocation. Here is a list of some of the common questions asked by those considering relocating to Portugal.

Do I need to learn Portuguese?

Many retired communities have large populations of English speakers and residents can generally get by without learning the local language. In tourist destinations and resort communities, Portuguese people can usually speak English.

However, English is limited in more rural communities and business is often conducted in Portuguese. To become integrated into the culture, learning the language is important and it also reduces the impact of culture shock on new arrivals. It is considered rude to attempt Spanish as a replacement for Portuguese. 

Is Portugal a good place to raise children?

Portugal is a great place to raise children. The education system in Portugal is good and transfer from EU schools is easy. The communities are safe and although public medical facilities aren't up to top standards, private healthcare for children is great. The quality of life in Portugal has also made the population among the healthiest in the world.

What is the weather like?

There are really two climates in Portugal, the southern and warmer Mediterranean area, and the Northern Atlantic climate. Some expats who expect extreme heat will be surprised that it is not as warm as countries farther south near the tropics. Summers usually hover around 85°F (30°C), and winters 50°F (10°C).

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