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Key Facts

Official Name: Portuguese Republic

Capital City: Lisbon

Official Languages: Portuguese

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Euro (€)

Time Zone: GMT

Country Domain: .pt

Country Tel Code: 351

Moving to Portugal

Located in extreme Western Europe, Portugal is bordered on the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north and east by Spain. The mainland is rectangular in shape and approximately 560km/348mi long and 220km/137mi wide. It also includes two archipelagoes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores and the Madeira Islands.

Most expatriates choose to live in Lisbon, the business center of Portugal. There they find a sophisticated business environment, rich cultural tradition, and a lively community represented by people from all over the industrialized world. Not far from Roman ruins, gleaming new industrial complexes and revitalized waterfront area contrast sharply with the rich history and culture.


Based on the constitution of 1976, revised in 1982 and 1989, Portugal is now a parliamentary democracy with a president and a 230-member unicameral parliament, called the Assembleia da Republica. The president is Head of State and defender of the constitution, with limited political power. The president, on the basis of legislative elections and advice of the parliament, appoints the prime minister who, with the Council of Ministers, wields executive power. Legislative power rests with the popularly elected Assembly of the Republic. The Azores and Madeira are governed separately and autonomously.


Portugal joined the European Community in 1986. During the next decade state-owned firms were privatized, the deficit was cut, and inflation was reduced dramatically. Portugal qualified for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1998 and starting using the euro as national currency in 2002, along with 11 other EU-member states.


In the Lisbon area, both houses and apartments are available for rent. Both furnished and unfurnished quarters are available.

The current delay in issuing residence permits for citizens of non-EU countries in turn delays the customs approval of household goods entering Portugal. Because of this situation, many non-EU citizens transferred to Portugal on a temporary basis look for furnished houses or apartments.


There are quite a few good English-language schools in Portugal, most of them in the Lisbon-Cascais area. They offer a full range of educational services and award most types of diplomas awarded elsewhere in Europe, as well as the U.S. high-school diploma.

Expatriate families can choose from international, U.S., British, French, German, and Spanish schools.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Portugal and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Lisbon Office

Address: Centro Empresarial Sintra Estoril I, Armazém Q, Estrada de Albarraque Linhó, 2710-297 Sintra, Lisbon

Contact Number: +351 219 245 050


Manager: Federico Montilla

Let us assist you with obtaining a Portugal visa, finding an apartment or school in Lisbon, and more

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