USEFUL INFORMATION

Location

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, which is located in the extreme southwest of Europe and includes the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Climate

In Lisbon the winter is mild and summer is hot, but more moderate due to the proximity of the sea. During spring and autumn are registered many sunny days with mild temperatures.

Demographic Information

Portugal has a population of about 10 million and 300,000 inhabitants. In Lisbon region live about 3 million inhabitants, and Lisbon city has approximately 600,000 inhabitants.

Language

Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world, by about 250 million people.

Currency

The Euro is the official currency of Portugal.

Accommodation

The real estate agencies and newspapers are a good way to find suitable properties to rent or buy. Always look for ads published with the reference “Authorized Agent”.

Healthcare

In Portugal, the provision of healthcare is undertaken by the “Serviço Nacional de Saúde” (SNS), including health centers and public hospitals. Emergency services in hospitals should only be used in serious situations.

Permanent Assistance (24 hours per day): 808 24 24 24

Education System

The Ministry of Education and Science is responsible for the education system in Portugal – with the support of the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security, in the pre-school education. There is also available a vast network of private schools, including international schools.

Recognition of Academic Qualifications

To obtain equivalence between your skills and those that are recognized in Portugal, you should contact:

– CIREP, at Ministry of Education and Science (Lisbon), in case of primary or secondary levels;

– NARIC Portugal, in case of higher education diplomas.

Electricity

Electric system: 220/400 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. The electrical devices follow European standards.

Telecommunications

There are public telephones where you can use coins or specific cards for sale in speciality stores, at post offices or kiosks and tobacco shops. To call abroad from Portugal, dial 00, the country code and the city, followed by the desired number.