Portugal
 flag
 map
 facts
President
Prime Minister
Capital
current time and date
currency: Euro (EUR)
Population
Official languages
Independence
Area
Borders
Life expectancy
Literacy rate
National anthem
GDP (PPP)
Internet TLD & calling code:
Coat of arms
Portugal profile
Azores and Madeira Islands occupy strategic locations along western sea approaches to Strait of Gibraltar
Portugal history
Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of its wealthiest colony of Brazil in 1822.

A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country.

In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms.

The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies.

Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

In January 2011, Portugal assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term.
interesting Portugal facts
Conventional long form: Portuguese Republic

Conventional short form: Portugal

Local long form: Republica Portuguesa

Local short form: Portugal
fun Portugal facts for kids
Portugal's capital city is Lisbon
amazing Portugal facts
Portugal Constitution:

adopted 2 April 1976;

subsequently revised
Portugal facts for kids
Portugal population growth rate: 0.181%
Portugal facts for kids
Portugal highest point: Ponta do Pico (Pico or Pico Alto) on Ilha do Pico in the Azores 2,351 m
interesting Portugal facts for kids
Portugal lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
fun Portugal facts for kids
About 17% of Portugal's land is arable.
Portugal fun facts for kids
Tagus River (Tejo) is the Longest River in Portugal
Portugal fun facts for kids
Portugal birth rate is 10 births/1,000 population
Portugal fun facts for kids
Portugal infant mortality rate is 5 deaths/1,000 live births
Portugal fun facts for kids
Portugal fertility rate is 1.51 children born/woman
Portugal fun facts for kids
Portugal climate:

maritime temperate;

cool and rainy in north

warmer and drier in south
interesting Portugal facts
Top 10 cities of Portugal with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Lisbon: 545,245
2. Sintra: 377,249
3. Vila Nova de Gaia: 302,092
4. Porto: 237,559
5. Loures: 205,577
6. Cascais: 205,117
7. Braga: 181,819
8. Amadora: 175,558
9. Matosinhos: 174,931
10. Almada: 173,298
Portugal fun facts for kids
Portugal ethnic groups:

homogeneous Mediterranean stock;

citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000;

since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal
interesting Portugal facts
Portugal Exports:

agricultural products

food products

wine

oil products

chemical products

plastics and rubber

hide

leather

wood and cork

wood pulp and paper

textile materials

clothing

footwear

machinery and tools

base metals
interesting Portugal facts
Portugal Imports:

agricultural products

chemical products

vehicles and other transport material

and optical and precision instruments

computer accessories and parts

semi-conductors and related devices

oil products

base metals

food products

textile materials
interesting Portugal facts
unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica (230 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)

Administrative Divisions:
18 districts (distritos, singular - distrito) and 2 autonomous regions* (regioes autonomas, singular - regiao autonoma); Aveiro, Acores (Azores)*, Beja, Braga, Braganca, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Lisboa (Lisbon), Madeira*, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Viseu
Political parties and leaders:
Democratic and Social Center/Popular Party (CDS/PP) - Paulo PORTAS
Social Democratic Party (PSD) - Pedro PASSOS COELHO
Socialist Party (PS) - Jose SEGURO
The Left Bloc (BE) - Pedro Filipe SOARES
Unitarian Democratic Coalition (CDU) - Jeronimo DE SOUSA (includes Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and Ecologist Party ("The Greens") (PEV))



coolfact4.png