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Portugal lies in Southern Europe and shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Portugal contrasts strongly from Spain, with a different language and customs.

The Algarve is quite touristy and developed, but there are plenty of places that remain untouched and just waiting to be discovered. As always look up local tourist offices for information on youth hostels and camp sites.


Getting there


The main airports are in Lisbon, Porto and Faro. Most major airlines as well as the budget airlines fly to these airports.



You can get to Lisbon and Porto by train from many European cities such as Madrid in Spain.

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There is a low crime rate in Portugal. Common sense will go a long way.


For more tips on staying safe, visit our security section. 

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The European Health Insurance Card is valid here for citizens of E.U. member states. This will cover you in the case of an emergency but remember that you should still have health insurance as the EHIC will not cover everything.

The emergency number is 112. 


For travel tips on packing, camping, flying and much more, visit our travel tips section. 

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Citizens of EU member states can work and live in the Netherlands with no restrictions. They will also be treated equally in respect of working conditions, social entitlements and tax requirements. This also applies to countries in the EEA (European Economic Area) which is the EU, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Residents of Switzerland also enjoy the same rights.


Non EU citizens will need a work as well as an entry visa. Apply at the Portuguese Immigration Office. http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/PT/aspx/page.aspx


You will get a residency card. You will also have to sign up social security and get a tax code.


You should be able to speak the language if you want to get a job in any of the cities. If not your best option is seasonal work in the Algarve. Portugal suffers from very high unemployment and finding a job will not be easy. Wages are also very low and although the cost of living is lower than in many European countries, it can still be a challenge to get by. 

Portugal was once a huge empire stretching into South America, Africa and Asia.


Portugal was the first of the big colonial powers to abolish slavery.


Portuguese is the official language of nine countries.


Paris has the second largest population of Portuguese people after Lisbon.

Population: 11500000
Climate: Mediterannean
Currency: Euro
Language: Portugese
Religion: Roman Catholic
Sport: Soccer
Capital city: Lisbon
Drives on: Right
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