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Portugal Transportation

Portugal    Transportation Top of Page
Railways: total:  2,850 km

broad gauge:  2,576 km 1.668-m gauge (623 km electrified; 426 km double track)

narrow gauge:  274 km 1.000-m gauge (1998)
Highways: total:  68,732 km

paved:  59,110 km (including 797 km of expressways)

unpaved:  9,622 km (1999)
Waterways: 820 km

note:  relatively unimportant to national economy, used by shallow-draft craft limited to 300 metric-ton or less cargo capacity
Pipelines: crude oil 22 km; petroleum products 58 km; natural gas 700 km

note:  the secondary lines for the natural gas pipeline that will be 300 km long have not yet been built
Ports and harbors: Aveiro, Funchal (Madeira Islands), Horta (Azores), Leixoes, Lisbon, Porto, Ponta Delgada (Azores), Praia da Vitoria (Azores), Setubal, Viana do Castelo
Merchant marine: total:  158 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,053,586 GRT/1,611,238 DWT

ships by type:  bulk 14, cargo 84, chemical tanker 16, container 10, liquefied gas 7, multi-functional large-load carrier 1, petroleum tanker 11, refrigerated cargo 1, roll on/roll off 6, short-sea passenger 4, vehicle carrier 4

note:  includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Spain 1 (2000 est.)
Airports: 66 (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways: total:  40

over 3,047 m:  5

2,438 to 3,047 m:  9

1,524 to 2,437 m:  4

914 to 1,523 m:  17

under 914 m:  5 (2000 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total:  26

914 to 1,523 m:  1

under 914 m:  25 (2000 est.)


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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