Ten reasons to live in Portugal
The 12th edition of the Doing Business 2015 study evaluates the rules and regulations regarding local businesses in order to compare the ease of doing business in 189 countries in which Portugal moves up to the 25th country to do business.
Its greatest assets are qualified human resources, excellent and modern infrastructures, rapid access to various markets (Africa, Europe, Latin America). These are, among others, the factors that have most contributed to an increase in new investments in industry, tourism, trade, research, development and services.
Portugal has been recognized internationally as one of the best tourist destinations worldwide and has won 14 awards at the World Travel Awards 2015, with the Algarve being voted the best beach destination in Europe.
Security has also been a differentiating factor in the options to invest and reside in Portugal. According to the Global Peace Index ranking Portugal is the 11th safest country in the world, out of a total of 162 countries analyzed.
Portugal offers many attractions to new residents and their families.
The Visa Gold Program launched by the Portuguese authorities is a quick way for foreign investors from non-EU countries for a fully valid residence permit in Portugal ( “Golden Visa”). Any holder of this residence can choose your country of residence from all EU different countries.
Designed to attract foreign investment in Portugal, Golden Visa is a very simple and flexible program, with simple and clear legal requirements.
With extremely low minimum stay requirements, the Golden Visa is clearly one of the most attractive residency programs for investors worldwide.
Many people think of Portugal as the country of cod and wine, do not they? Yes, but Portugal is much more than that and there are many reasons that make us live here. I’ll tell you a little bit.
1 – The size of the country: Portugal is a small country with a little more than 92,000 square kilometers. In a short time we can travel around the country and see many things but to know ourselves, only living here. There is so much history in every corner and so many beautiful and different landscapes in each region that only those who live in the place can enjoy. And besides continental Portugal, the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores are very beautiful and worth visiting. You can see a little of the city of Horta, in the island of Faial here in this photo.
2 – The climate: Portugal has a pleasant climate for most of the year with rainy winter and dry summer. The south of the country (Algarve) is the hottest region with an average temperature of 13 degrees in the winter. In the Lisbon region, in January, in the coldest month of winter, the average temperature is around 8 degrees. Considering northern Europe, Portugal has a fantastic climate and many other Europeans like Germans and Brits buy a house in the Algarve to live their retirement. And still has the Serra da Estrela where it snows a lot in winter and is just over 200 km from Lisbon. So we have weather and temperature to suit all tastes.
3 – The beaches: With such a climate, with hot summer, we only have to enjoy the beaches. The Portuguese coast in mainland Portugal has more than 900 km of extension and many beaches to enjoy. The Algarve has the warmest sea water and can reach 23 to 24 degrees in the summer.
4 – History and culture: For those who like history there are always some Roman ruins, some castle and some palace to visit. And in most of the country, and not only in big cities like Lisbon and Porto, there is always something happening. Sometimes there are so many things happening at the same time that it gets difficult to choose. Oh, and there are summer parties too. Although the climate of the country is not too bad, it is from May and in the summer that most of the city festivals take place. In June we have the feasts of Lisbon, Oeiras, Évora, in August the festivals of Cascais, in September the fair of São Mateus in Viseu, the oldest fair of the Iberian Peninsula and already has more than 600 years of history, besides so many others in smaller cities.
5 – Public education: It is free and of quality for all children and young people from pre-school to high school and compulsory from 5 to 18 years of age. The Ministry of Education has developed several projects and programs to promote school success and the country has progressed markedly in the world rankings and is now close to the countries of the front. These results were obtained through large investments in teacher training, in school buildings, in the introduction of technology in teaching and increased support to students who show learning difficulties. All schools offer students sport, well-equipped school libraries and science teaching labs. All children begin to learn English at age 8 and a second foreign language from age 12. And, moreover, a student does not need to study in private schools to enter public universities.
6 – Receptive: The Portuguese are very receptive. However, I can only speak with more autonomy for the region that I live in, Porto. The locals are all very helpful and attentive, you go to a restaurant and you feel at home, you buy a fruit, and you get another one as a gift. They love to receive, every meeting and a great party, and that Sunday lunch always ends up being dinner. Woe to you not to stay until the end of the meal! Always based on lots of wine, by the way.
7 – The National Health Service: The current NHS was created in 1979. Since then much has improved in Portuguese health and health indicators reveal. It is enough to see the infant mortality rate that fell from 24.3 in 1980 to 2.9 / 1000 live births in 2013. The SNS is regulated by moderation rates but the unemployed are exempt from payment, children up to 12 years of age, people with low income, pregnant and parturient, among others. As in every health system, you may find defects but, in general, it works well!
8 – Public transport in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Oporto: These two cities concentrate the majority of the resident population in Portugal and their metropolitan areas are served by a wide transport network that includes buses, trams, trains ) and even boats. It is possible to go by train from Lisbon to Cascais (30 Km) in 30 minutes enjoying the Atlantic Ocean. Very good, is not it?
9 – Security: Portugal is a safe country and crime has declined over the years. Unfortunately, there is still but, according to the Internal Security Reports, from 2012 to 2016 there was a reduction of 6.9% in global crime that occurred in the country. Some of the biggest problems are car thefts and driving with a higher blood alcohol rate than allowed.
And to conclude I’m going to talk about the famous ones: cod and wine.
10 – The food: The food in Portugal is very good, varied and cheap and, if you like to eat cod and drink wine, arrived in paradise. In Portugal it is said that there is a cod recipe for each day of the year (but I’m sure there is more). You can eat cod with Brás, with cream, lagareiro, Gomes Sá, feijoada de cod, etc. According to recent statistics, each Portuguese consumes 6 kilos of cod per year.
In addition to the cod, we also have feijoada (different from Brazilian), cooked in Portuguese, pork in the Alentejo, açordas, excellent fish and seafood and many other typical and delicious dishes. And the famous roasted sardine!