Portugal is an interesting country

Portugal is an interesting country

Sun, beach, security, gastronomy, culture and history. All these reasons, plus the tax benefits and the fact that Lisbon is the capital city in Western Europe with the lowest cost of living, mean that Portugal is an attractive option for residence and investment purposes.

Quality of life

Portugal can offer great quality of life, whatever the area you choose to live in. Even with the increase of the cost of living in Lisbon, it is still the cheapest capital city in Western Europe. According to a ranking published by InterNations, which is the largest worldwide community of expats, Portugal is the best option in Europe for a foreign resident. Portugal’s rankings in this list are highest with regard to security, quality of life, ease of adaptation and climate.

At the end of 2019, the Algarve, with more than 3 thousand sunshine hours per year, an “easy and cheap” residence programme and a health service, “which costs a fraction of the cost in the USA”, was chosen as the best destination in the world for foreigners and seniors by Lifeand Invest Overseas.

In fact, of the 25 countries analysed, Portugal is the seventh best country for retired foreigners, according to a ranking published in the monthly magazine International Living, which describes Portugal as “the best refuge for seniors in Europe”

Property investment

Portugal has risen one place in the worldwide ranking of the best countries for property investment and is currently in fifth position. The data was revealed by The Move Channel, the main independent international property site, which assesses worldwide investor interest every month.

Forbes magazine also refers to Portugal as “the latest investment destination”. The title that opens “the latest investment destination” The title that opens an article in the French edition of Forbes magazine highlights location — with low-cost flights to Lisbon, support for business endeavour and “innumerable conferences and meetings”. Quality of life is also a factor, plus the fact that the Portuguese population is young and educated.


According to Global Peace Index 2018 Portugal is the fourth most peaceful country in a ranking of the 31 countries with the highest peace levels.

The study used 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure security in the various countries, including the security and social protection level, the extent of internal and international conflicts in which the country is involved, together with the levels of militarisation, homicide and political instability

Social peace

One of the first European countries to abolish slavery, Portugal is a tolerant country. The Guardian even reports that measures such as the decriminalisation of drug abuse mean that Portugal is a successful case and an example to the world.


The Portuguese National Health Service is a public network with more than 1500 hospitals and health centres and 120 thousand health professionals, located throughout the country. It was created in 1979 and access to all services is free of charge to all residents in Portugal. You can use this quality service freely if you live in Portugal.


Portugal has a unique climate: more than 200 days of sunshine per year and an average maximum temperature of 20 degrees. Portugal is a perfect country in which to enjoy spring, summer, autumn and winter to the full.


Portugal is one of the best places in the world for surfing
In 2011, the Hawaiian surfer, Garrett McNamara, surfed the biggest wave (30 m / 90 ft) ever surfed, at Praia do Norte near Nazaré, in central Portugal. And there’smore… The 850 kilometre long Portuguese coast is one big surfing beach. There are many places to discover, from the north to the south of the country: from the giant waves at Praia do Norte, to Carcavelos, Ericeira, Peniche, or other beaches further north at Figueira da Foz, Espinho and Viana do Castelo.

Portugal was the first worldwide maritime superpower.
A country of navigators and explorers, Portugal was at the epicenter of the world in the 15th century, which was a century of Portuguese national affirmation. It was then that Ferdinand Magellan circled the globe, Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India, Bartolomeu Dias reached the Cape of Good Hope and Álvares Cabral and others discovered new lands, including Brazil, Africa and Asia.

Lisbon is more ancient than Rome.
Archaeological remains reveal the presence of Phoenician populations in and around the city of Lisbon before 1200 BCE.

Portuguese is spoken in 9 countries.
Spoken by more than 236 million people worldwide, Portuguese is the eighth most common language and the official language in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe and Timor-Leste.

The oldest bookshop in the world
Livraria Bertrand in the Chiado in Lisbon was founded in 1732 and is the oldest bookshop in the world.



The Portuguese National Health Service has a public network of more than 1500 hospitals and health centres and 120 thousand health professionals.

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