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Portugal Introduction

Portugal is the westernmost country of continental Europe. It lies on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain--Portugal's neighbour to the east and north--covers most of the peninsula.

Western and southern Portugal face the Atlantic Ocean. Lisbon is the country's capital and largest city.

A Short Background

Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence in 1822 of Brazil as a colony.

A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms.

The following year Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal entered the EC in 1985.

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Topography of Portugal - Read more about the geography and topography of Portugal

History of Portugal - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Portugal

Life & People of Portugal - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Portugal

Local Cuisine of Portugal - Find out delicious local cuisines of Portugal

Holidays in Portugal - Check out a list of the local holidays in Portugal

Festivals in Portugal - Learn about the festivals in Portugal

Embassies of Portugal - Provides an Embassy database for Portugal

Administration facts of Portugal - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Portugal

Newstands in Portugal - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Portugal

Attractions in Portugal - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Portugal

Maps of Portugal - Discover a detailed map of Portugal

Map Database of Portugal - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Portugal

Flags of Portugal - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Portugal. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Portugal - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Portugal

Shopping in Portugal - Find out the best places for shopping in Portugal

Restaurants in Portugal - Browse a list of eat-outs in Portugal

Geography of Portugal - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Portugal

People of Portugal - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Portugal

Government and Politics in Portugal - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Portugal.

Economy of Portugal - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Portugal

Communications in Portugal - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Portugal

Transportation in Portugal - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Portugal

Military of Portugal - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Portugal

Transnational Issues of Portugal - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Portugal


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