Quick Facts

  • Officially the Portuguese Republic
  • The country is named after its second largest city, Porto
  • The Portuguese empire was the first global empire in history, and also the longest lived of the European colonial empires, spanning almost 600 years
  • Portugal’s international status was greatly reduced during the 19th century, especially following the independence of Brazil
  • Portugal is a founding member of NATO, and entered the ECC (now EU) in 1986
  • Portugal is a member of the United Nations, the Latin Union, OECD, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Eurozone, and the Schengen Agreement
  • Portugal is a developed country with a very high Human Development Index, the world’s 19th highest-quality-of-life, and a strong healthcare system
  • Portugal is one of the world’s most globalized and peaceful nations
  • Portugal is divided into 18 administrative districts, and 2 autonomous regions
  • Climate: maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south
  • Ethnic Groups: homogeneous Mediterranean stock, citizens of black African decent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization
  • Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 84.5%,v other Christian 2,2%
  • Population: 10.78 million
  • The capital of Portugal is Lisbon
  • Other major cities: Porto
  • Literacy rate: 93.3%
  • GDP per capita: $23,361
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitray Parliamentary constitutional Republic

  • President: Anibal Cavaco Silva
  • Prime Minister: Pedro Passos Coelho
  • Assembly President: Assuncao Esteves

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 79.5 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 7 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 4.6 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 3.755/1,000 population
  • Population with  HIV/AIDS: 0.6%
  • Obesity rate: 14.2%
  • The Portuguese health system is characterized by three coexisting systems: the National Health Service (NHS), special social health insurance schemes for certain professions, and voluntary private health insurance
  • The NHS provides universal coverage, predominately funded through general taxation
  • Most Portuguese die from noncommunicable diseases
  • Portugal has the highest mortality rate for diabetes in the Eur-A
  • Risk of infectious disease: Low
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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