About the climate, our winters are mild and summers are hot and dry. Did you know that the number of hours of sunshine per year reaches values as high as 3300 in the south of the country and 1600 in the north, some of the highest in Europe?
The Portuguese are kind and friendly, welcoming all visitors in spite of where they come from. And, in fact, visitors do come here from all over the world, as the country is located on the western coast of Europe and, as such, is a point of entrance into the Schengen area. A large part of the population speaks foreign languages, specifically English.
Portugal has an excellent geographical situation. At the meeting point between three continents – Europe, Africa and America -, it has always been hub of most important international routes. Here you can find international airports all over the country – Lisbon, Faro and Porto have regular connections to major cities in the world.
Lisbon is just two and a half hours away from Paris and London by plane? If you want to discover the wonders of Portugal, the country has a modern road network waiting to be explored: it only takes two hours to get from Lisbon to Porto or Faro, the major cities in the north and south of the country. Madrid is just six hours away.
With about nine centuries of well defined geographical borders, a democratic parliamentary regime with political stability spread in Portugal.
Portugal is a member of the European Union and forms part of the European Monetary System, using the European single currency. It is also the 46th most competitive economy, out of a total of 138 countries based on 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Index, produced by the World Economic Forum.
the 3rd most peaceful country in the world among 163 countries (Global Peace Index 2017) and ranks 29th of 176 countries in Transparency International (Corruption Perception Index 2016).
Best Quality of Life
In 2016, Lisbon was voted one of the 42 cities in the world with the best quality of life, by the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey 2016.
Cost of Living
Most foreigners think the cost of living is low.
According to UBS (Prices and Earnings 2015), the price indices are attractive:
Food: 47.4 (index: New York = 100);
Clothing: 44.3 (index: New York = 100);
Services: 53.1 (index: New York = 100);
Metro ticket: € 1,40 (journey of approximately 10 km);
Bus ticket: € 1.80 (journey of approximately 10 km);
Restaurant: € 40 (3 course meal in a good quality restaurant).
Portugal is also one of the best countries for purchasing a house, because it has clear and transparent tax rules and offers facilities to receive residence permits, as part of new legal provisions that are more attractive to foreign investors.
It also has a special regime for non-habitual residents, aimed at attracting foreign investors through very decent income tax rates.