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Portugal Life


The Portuguese are a combination of several ethnic elements, principally Iberians, Romans, Visigoths, and later Moors. The people still live, for the most part, in rural villages.

The population of Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira Islands, is (1997 estimate) 9,931,045. The overall population density is 108 persons per sq km (280 per sq mi).

Portuguese Language, one of the Romance languages. Like all other languages of the group, Portuguese is a direct modern descendant of Latin, the vernacular Latin of the Roman soldier and colonist rather than the classical Latin of the cultured Roman citizen.
It developed in ancient Gallaeci (modern Galicia, in northwestern Spain) and in northern Portugal and then spread throughout present-day Portugal.

Portuguese resembles Spanish more than it does any of the other Romance tongues. Like Spanish, it contains a very large number of words of Arabic origin, and like other modern languages, its vocabulary contains also a great many words of French and Greek origin.
A very small number of words are derived from Carthaginian, Celtic, and Phoenician. Portuguese is spoken in Portugal; Galicia (in a dialect called Galician); Brazil; several islands in the Atlantic Ocean; Angola, Mozambique, and other former colonies in Africa and Asia; and parts of Indonesia.

Roman Catholicism is the faith of more than 94 percent of the Portuguese people. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and some Protestant churches have been established.


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