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Here in Lisbon is the last vestige of our old way of life now precariously existing. It is like the owner of some ancestral mansion moving when ruined into the lodge with one or two of his pictures, a piece of plate or so, one aged servant in threadbare livery. Here are cafés, neon signs, money haggling, 'petit déjeuner with pats of butter brought in on a tray, jangling trams and taxi cabs and newspapers of all the nations.'

Malcolm Muggeridge:'Like It Was'(1942)


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Overview: Portugal

In July 2013 the Portuguese weekly, ‘Sábado’ ran a headline ‘The feud between Messrs Coelho and Portas may leave us like Greece.’ In many countries facing an economic crisis of Portuguese proportions a governmental crisis would be seen as something of a luxury. In a number of respects this was the case in 2013 - on top of economic despair – the Portuguese faced the deepest political crisis in their recent history. Portuguese international credibility had already been dented by the resignation 24 hours earlier, of Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar. While the resignation of Mr Gaspar had been largely expected, that of Mr Portas had not.

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Profile: Portugal

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about


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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República Portuguesa (Portuguese Republic)
Head of State: President Aníbal Cavaco Silva (PSD) (from 2006; re-elected 23 Jan 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho (PSD) (from 21 Jun 2011, reappointed 23 Oct 2015)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Partido Social Democrata (PSD) (Social Democratic Party), with the Centro Democrático e Social-Partido Popular (CDS-PP) (Democratic and Social Centre-Popular Party) (from 21 Jun 2011, re-elected Oct 2015 but without overall majority)
Area: 92,072 square km
Population: 10.39 million (2014) (10,561,614; 2011, census figure)
Capital: Lisbon
Official language: Portuguese
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2002; previous currency escudo, locked at esc200.48 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Jul 2014)
GDP per capita: US$22,130 (2014)
GDP real growth: 0.90% (2014)
GDP: US$230.01 billion (2014)
Labour force: 5.19 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 13.89% (2014)
Inflation: -0.16% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$11.89 billion (2014)*
Annual FDI: US$13.07 billion (2011)
* estimated figure

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