A Brief Guide to Living In Portugal
The 'Algarvian' Lifestyle
The Portuguese lifestyle is something that most people could get used to very easily and it is not difficult to see why.
Lets begin with the climate - over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, beautiful summer days and for the remainder it is usually warm enough to walk around in short sleeves. The early mornings and evenings can get a little chilly but still warm enough to sit out at a restaurant to enjoy a good meal.
Dining out is relatively cheap if you avoid the main tourist areas and there are many good quality establishments that stay open all year round.
One of the main benefits mentioned by people living in Portugal is that the overall quality of life is far better than for instance, the UK. The most most common comparisons are that there seems to be far more family time, open spaces, safer places to live and work and with reasonable living costs. Also favoured is the much slower pace of life.
Winters are mild by comparison to the UK and at such a short flying distance, travelling back to see friends and family couldn't be easier.
The name 'Portugal' is derived from the Roman name 'Portus Cale'.
In 1986, Portugal joined the European Economic Community (EEC) that later became the European Union (EU). Portugal is considered a developed country with an advanced economy and high living standards, listed with the nineteenth-highest quality of life index rating in the world as of 2005. It's one of the world's most globalized and peaceful nations. It is a member of the United Nations, European Union, Eurozone, OECD, NATO, WTO, Schengen Area, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
Time Zone: (GMT)
Area: 92,212 km2
Population (Approx): 10.5 Million
Country Calling Code: +351
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