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Portugal - Facts and Information

Guest Author - Lisa Shea

Short Name: Portugal

Long Name: Portuguese Republic

Long Name (local): Republica Portuguesa

Member of European Union: Yes, 1986

International Dialing Code: +351

Capital City: Lisbon

National Tourist Office: Portugal’s Official Tourism Site

Foreign Embassies in Portugal: Australia | Canada | U.K. | U.S.

Embassies and Visa Information: In Australia | In Canada | In the U.K. | In the U.S.

Nationality: Noun - Portuguese (singular and plural), Adjective - Portuguese

Government Type: Parliamentary democracy

Ethnic Groups: Homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal

Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant (1995)

Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used)

Monetary Unit: 1 Euro = 100 cents

Area: 92,391 sq km – slightly smaller than Indiana

Climate: Maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

Population: 10,524,145 (July 2004 est.)

Sex Ratio: 0.94 male(s)/female (2004 est.)

Median Age: 37.9 years, male 35.8 years, female 40 years (2004 est.)

Life Expectancy: 77.35 years, male 74.06 years, female 80.85 years (2004 est.)

Population Growth Rate: 0.41% (2004 est.)

Net Migration Rate: 3.57 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2004 est.)

Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (2003 est.)

Gross National Income: US$12,130 (2003, World Bank)

Export Commodities: Clothing and footwear, machinery, chemicals, cork and paper products, hides

Export Partners: Spain 22.7%, Germany 15.2%, France 12.9%, UK 10.5%, US 5.8%, Italy 4.8%, Belgium 4.6% (2003 est.)

Import Commodities: Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum, textiles, agricultural products

Import Partners: Spain 29.1%, Germany 14.7%, France 9.9%, Italy 6.4%, UK 4.9%, Netherlands 4.6% (2003 est.)

Natural Resources: Fish, forests (cork), iron ore, copper, zinc, tin, tungsten, silver, gold, uranium, marble, clay, gypsum, salt, arable land, hydropower

Public Television: RTP

Public Radio: RDP


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