Living in Portugal
Our guide to living in Portugal. What you need to know...
Learn about the demographic profile of Portugal, including population size, age structure, life expectancy and more.
Public schooling is free, but schools don’t give out any books or materials; financial support is given to low-income families.
There are several international and English schools in Portugal and the Algarve offering high standard education to foreign as well as Portuguese children and young people.
The quality of health care and health care facilities in Portugal has improved enormously during the last ten years and Portugal now has a good health care system.
Geography and Climate
Portugal is situated in South Western Europe bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the west of Spain.
Government and Economy
Portugal is a democratic republic with an established system of government, both presidential and parliamentary.
Approximately 85% of the population are Roman Catholics and most still want to be baptised and get married in church.
The transport system in Portugal is well developed and the infrastructure is good with an excellent network of roads. Public transportation is cheap, easy and very efficient.