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Expats moving to Portugal might have some questions regarding their relocation. Here are some of the most 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, English is commonly spoken.
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.
Is Portugal a good place to raise children?
Portugal is a great place to raise children. The education system in Portugal is good, and transfers from EU schools are easy. The communities are safe and although public medical facilities aren't up to the best standards, private healthcare for children is top-notch. 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 may be surprised that it is not as warm as countries further south near the tropics. Summers usually hover around 85°F (30°C), and winters 50°F (10°C).
►For an account of the best and worst of expat life in Portugal read Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal
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