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Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean, and in the north and east by Spain. The country is extremely geographically diverse, featuring mountains, plains, sub-tropical volcanic islands, and beautiful beaches. There are 21 rivers within Portugal, which is the most westerly of all European countries.
Portugal was the first global empire, at one time controlling Brazil and areas of Africa and Asia. Today, Portuguese remains the official languages of nine countries. It is also the oldest nation in Europe.
Population and language
There are 10.6 million people in Portugal. The majority of people live along the coast, with a third of the population residing in the Lisbon and Porto metropolitan areas. The official language is Portuguese and Mirandese, spoken in a small corner of the country.
Portugal has one of the most homogenous populations in Europe, a mixture of many ethnicities and influences including Celtic, Arab, Berber, Jews, Carthaginians, Romans, and Visigoths. The only recognized minority are the 100,000 or so Afro-Portuguese who relocated to the mainland during decolonization.
There is no official state religion but more than 80 percent of the country is Catholic.
Major cities and tourist destinations
Lisbon (pop: 1.96 million) is the capital of Portugal and also the largest city, followed by Porto, a business and economic center that has 1.3 million residents.
Lisbon blends the modern with the historical. Attractions include castles and other ancient landmarks, parks, top restaurants, nightlife,
Figueira da Foz Beach attracts thousands of visitors during the summer, particularly surfers and others looking for water activities. In the evening there are many clubs where tourists can relax and hang out.
Evora is famous for its historical sites, monuments, and buildings that take visitors back in time.
And no trip to Porto is complete without a tour of some of the 50 port wine makers.
The diverse geography means diverse weather. The climate tends to be wetter and cooler in the north; warmer and more arid in the south. Overall the climate is temperate, with temperatures averaging in the 70s F.
Portugal has a service-based economy and over the past 20 years the government has privatized many state-controlled firms. The main industries include agriculture, textiles, footwear; wood pulp, paper, and metalworking. Portugal is also the world’s top cork producer and exporter. Top imported items include agricultural products, chemical products, vehicles, computer parts, and oil products.
There is a national rail network that offers high-speed train service to several areas. For areas not serviced, there is bus service and car rental services.
Portugal has five international airports: Lisbon Portela Airport, Faro Airport, and Francisco Carneiro Airport on the mainland and the Funchal International Airport on Madeira Island and Ponta Delgada International Airport on Sao Miguel Island.
Lisbon offers many trams that service popular tourist sites as well as four metro lines. Porto also has a metro that can be used to get to and from the airport.
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