A Peaceful and Serene Place to Live; Why Move to Portugal?

April 20, 2012 | By | Reply More

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa) is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, and the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira form part of Portugal too. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose Latin name was Portus Cale.

Portugal is a beautiful country and has a stunning peaceful quality about it that draws people in, whether as tourists or as new residents of the country.

Moving to Portugal will mean a relaxed lifestyle for you and your family

Portugal has the 19th highest quality-of-life rating from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a survey amongst native Portuguese residents and based upon overall health of residents, job security, political freedom, gender equality, family and community life, and climate. Portugal is also considered to be one of the most peaceful nations in the world.

The country has around 2500 to 3200 hours of sunshine a year, an average of 4–6 h in winter and 10–12 h in the summer, with higher values in the southeast and lower in the northwest. Portuguese residents enjoy the serene beaches, the exquisite ethnic cuisine, the many natural parks and the overall quality of life that living in a sunny place can offer.

However, it’s not all good news; Portugal has the lowest GDP per capita for all the Western EU nations, and one of the lowest incomes per head amongst the EU nations, with the national average wage standing at 1039 Euros per month (net).

For tourists it is another story, as Portugal is among the 20 most visited countries in the world, receiving an average of 13 million foreign tourists each year. Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in Portugal’s economy, contributing to about 5% of its GDP.

Tourist hotspots in Portugal are Lisbon, Algarve and Madeira, but the Portuguese government continues to promote and develop new tourist destinations. Most tourists in Portugal are British, Spanish or German- origin visitors, seeking sun and beaches, golfing holidays, but increasingly also want cultural, gastronomic, or environmental experiences (or travel for reasons of business).

Portugal, long a country of emigration (the vast majority of Brazilians have some Portuguese ancestry), has now become a country of net immigration. As of 2010 Portugal had 10,735,765 inhabitants.

Since the 1990s, along with many Brazilians, an increasing number of Ukrainians, Romanians, and Chinese have also chosen Portugal to emigrate to. In addition, a significant number of EU citizens, mostly from the United Kingdom, or northern European countries, have become permanent residents in the country choosing to live in the Algarve and Madeira.

The 10 largest legal immigrant communities in 2007 compared with their numbers in 1999

Legal foreign residents

Number in 1999

Number in 2007

Growth in percentage

Brazilians

20,851

66,354

+ 218%

Cape Verdeans

43,951

63,925

+ 45%

Ukrainians

123

39,480

+ 31998%

Angolans

17,721

32,728

+ 85%

Guineans

14,217

23,733

+ 67%

British

13,335

23,608

+ 77%

Romanians

224

19,155

+ 8451%

Spanish

11,122

18,030

+ 62%

Germans

9,605

15,498

+ 61%

Moldavians

3

14,053

+ 468333%

 

Portugal is a country that has retained its rich heritage and values while adapting to the modern world. It is a country that inspires the enjoyment of simple things like family, community, home. It is a wonderful mix of old and new; tradition and modern.

Moving to Portugal is an investment in the overall quality of your life and that of your family.

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