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Living in Portugal

Map of Portugal complete with the 5 regions: North of Portugal, Center of Portugal, Greater Lisbon, Alentejo, and Algarve in the south of Portugal, districts of each region, municipalities of each district, district capitals marked in strong color, and distances to archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

Map of Portugal complete with the 5 regions: North of Portugal, Center of Portugal, Greater Lisbon, Alentejo, and Algarve in the south of Portugal, districts of each region, municipalities of each district, district capitals marked in strong color, and distances to archipelagos of Madeira and Azores.

Living in Portugal • Europe


This article aims to gives you a brief introduction to Portugal and touches on the different regions you can learn about in other pieces. Keep in mind that life in Portugal can change quite a bit from city to city. It really depends on what you and your family are like and what you’re used to. For a comprehensive insight, we recommend reaching out to us for customized guidance tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

If you’re thinking of moving to Portugal, there are a few important things you need to think about to make sure you settle in well. The main reason people move here is for a better lifestyle for their families. In recent years, Portugal has become really popular because it offers a great quality of life.

First, …

Where in the world is Portugal located?

Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe, bordered by Spain to the east and north, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. As part of the Iberian Peninsula, it enjoys a strategic location that has significantly influenced its maritime history and cultural development.

Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe, bordered by Spain to the east and north, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. As part of the Iberian Peninsula, it enjoys a strategic location that has significantly influenced its maritime history and cultural development.

Reason for Moving to Portugal from affluent countries


Since 2012, there has been a growing trend of people from wealthy countries (with high-income economies) — including the United States, Canada, and European nations like Belgium, Germany, France, as well as non-EU countries such as Switzerland, United Kingdom and Norway — finding Portugal increasingly appealing for various straightforward reasons:

Number one reason for moving to Portugal


Quality of life is undoubtedly the primary reason why individuals from affluent countries choose to move to and continue living in Portugal. Secondary elements, such as tax incentives, real estate investment opportunities, safety, healthcare quality, good international private schools, and the luxury lifestyle available, collectively enhance the appeal of Portugal as a destination for living.

Other reasons usually considered about Portugal:

  • Weather: Living in a beautiful place, with sunny beaches and great weather all year.
    (source: IPMA)
  • Lower cost of living compared to other developed countries
    (source: expatistan)
  • Getting good tax deals, especially if you’re new to the country.
  • Property investment: Having the chance to buy nice homes, which can also help you become a resident or citizen.
    (our website: https://lisbonproperty.com/portugal-properties/)
  • Feeling safe, because Portugal is considered one of the safest countries in the world, placed 7th in the Overall GPI Score of Global Peace Index
    (source: Global Peace Index)
  • Getting great healthcare, with top-notch doctors and hospitals for a lower cost.
  • International schools: Sending your kids to really good schools, where they teach in English and other languages.
    (source: International Schools in Portugal)
  • Cuisine: If you consider gastronomy an important aspect of your lifestyle, Portuguese cuisine is affordable, known for its high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients like fresh seafood, olives, cheese, and charcuterie. The Mediterranean diet, prevalent in Portugal, focuses on fresh vegetables, fish, and olive oil and is considered one of the healthiest in the world. Portugal is also renowned for its wines, with notable regions including Douro, Alentejo, and Dão.
  • Enjoying life, with lots of culture, fancy shops, and fun stuff to do like golfing, surf, sailing and outdoor living all year round.
    Visit our articles about all Portugal, maps on places, cities, attractions, golfs, surf and more
  • Being close to other countries in Europe, so it’s easy to travel.
  • Having a stable government, so things don’t change too fast and you can plan for the future.
  • Meeting new people, with communities that welcome people from other countries and speak English.
  • Being around expat communities where you can find friends, get advice on living in a new country, and feel at home.

Facts about Portugal (with sources)


  1. Contry: Portugal
  2. Capital: Lisbon
  3. Largest City: Lisbon, with a population of around 505,000
  4. Great Lisbon area: Population of around 2.8 million people (source: Instituto Nacional de Estatística)
  5. Official Language: Portuguese
  6. Salary in Portugal (Minimum): € 760,0 / Month (source: pordata)
  7. Government: Semi-presidential representative democratic republic
  8. Area: 92,212 square kilometers (the longest north-south distance is about 561 kilometers (349 miles), from the northern border with Spain down to the southern coast of the Algarve. The widest east-west distance is about 218 kilometers (135 miles), which is from the eastern border with Spain to the western coast.)
  9. Population: 10.3 million people, as of the last update (source: INE )
  10. Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  11. Time Zone: Western European Time (WET, UTC +0), Western European Summer Time (WEST, UTC +1 in summer)
  12. International Dialing Code: +351
  13. Internet ccTLD: “.pt” is the country code top-level domain. It is common to use the “.com” top-level domain.
  14. Member of the EU: Yes
  15. Member of the United Nations: Yes
  16. Member of NATO: Yes
  17. Economy: Portugal’s mixed economy thrives on a combination of private sector freedom and government intervention, with key industries including tourism, textiles, automotive, technology, agriculture, food production, renewable energy, fishing, paper, and construction.
  18. GDP per capita (2021): 24,567.51 USD (source: International Monetary Fund for Portugal)
  19. HDI (2021): 0.866 (source: Human Developement Reports for Portugal)
  20. Climate: Mediterranean (mainland), Oceanic in the north and tropical in Madeira and the Azores (source: IPMA – Instituto Português do Mar e Atmosfera)
  21. Major Rivers: Tagus, Douro, Guadiana
  22. National Day: Portugal Day, 10 June
  23. Famous for: Port wine, cork products, Fado music, football (soccer), historic sites, big wave surfing
  24. Drive on the: Right
  25. Portugal Regions: North, Central, Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve, Madeira, Azores

Living in Portugal Guide


Welcome to our comprehensive Living in Portugal Guide. Here, you will discover a curated collection of articles, enriched with pictures and detailed maps, focusing on the most essential topics for anyone considering relocating to Portugal or who already calls it home. While we may not cover everything, we prioritize the most crucial aspects of Portuguese life. Our guide delves into the heart of what makes living in Portugal unique.

Regions of Portugal

Regions of Portugal

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Where in the world is Portugal

Where in the world is Portugal

Portugal is a country in western Europe Portugal is a country located in southwestern Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, and by Spain to the east and north. Portugal has a latitude ranging approximately from...

Traveling to & Within Portugal

Traveling to & Within Portugal

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Home Buying Guide

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Property Tax Calculator IMT

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Visas for Living in Portugal

Visas for Living in Portugal

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International Schools

If you are relocating to Portugal and are looking to secure the best education for your children, we have prepared our annual list of top schools to help you in this pivotal decision-making process. While reaching out directly to the schools will yield more detailed...

Sports in Portugal

Sports in Portugal If you find yourself in Portugal, you'll discover it's a prime destination for a wide array of sports activities. The country's excellent weather conditions cater to a wide range of sports, from team games to individual pursuits, and encompassing...

Topography of Portugal

Portugal is a small country, divided into 7 regions, each further subdivided into districts, with its own unique characteristics and attractions that distinguish them from each other. One main difference that can be used to distinguish the regions is their geography...

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