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Situated at the western brink of the
European mainland, Portugal, a friendly nation with over 1000
kilometers of white sandy beaches retains the rural charm.
The continent is bordered to the north and east by Spain.
The capital, Lisboa, is in the centre of the country and along
with its surrounding region containing nearly two million
of the ten million national populations.
Portugal is well described as a land
of flavorsome cuisine and fine port wine, romantic beaches,
and medieval villages sitting atop scenic hills. The pretty
ports along the Tajo and the sheer cliffs of the Serra de
Estrela, coupled with the Moorish quarters and high rises
of Lisbon, make for an altogether delightful traveling experience.
The beaches of the Algarve are the best
known; in addition, rest of the coastline is worth exploring.
The history of the nation has left its mark, especially in
the north where the landscape is peppered by castles and churches.
Explore the variety of the Portuguese
experience – variety in food, in music, in landscape, all
making your trip a remarkable one.
Although Portugal developed as a separate state in the 12th
century, until that time, the history of Portugal is inseparable
from that of the Iberian Peninsula.
During the 2nd century B.C, Portugal became a part of the
Roman province of Lusitania.
The then national hero, Chieftain Viriatus, took over the
administration of Portugal.
The Roman’s rule ended soon, by the 5th century, with the
invasions of Germanic tribes. One of these tribes, the Visigoths,
came to dominate the peninsula for more than 200 years.
Muslim Domination and the Christian
In 711, Muslims invaded the Iberian
Peninsula from Africa and deposed the Visigothic monarchy.
Bermudo II, king of León, captured Christian kingdoms in the
north of the peninsula, who resisted Muslim expansion and
in 997, the territory between the Douro and Miño rivers (now
northern Portugal) were captured back from the Muslims.
By 1064, the Christians struggled to
reclaim lands from the Muslims, known as the Christian reconquest.
The reconquered districts were then organized into a feudal
county, composed of fiefs loyal to Spanish kings.
In 1179, Afonso obtained papal recognition
of the title of king, placing the Portuguese kingdom under
the protection of the Holy Section. Afonso was honored as
the founder of the Portuguese monarchy.
Portugal is now a modern and progressive
nation, staging events including EXPO '98 under the theme
of 'Oceans' in the redeveloped west Lisboa docks and the EURO
Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west
39 30 N, 8 00 W
92,391 sq km
91,951 sq km
440 sq km
Note: includes Azores and Madeira Islands
Continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm
Portugal has a maritime temperate climate that varies according
to elevation and proximity to the ocean. The heaviest precipitation
occurs in northern Portugal. The northern coast receives about
1,500 mm (about 60 in) of rain annually. Rainfall increases
with altitude, and the western slopes of the northern mountains
receive about 2,300 mm (about 90 in) annually. In southern
Portugal, summers are long and hot and winters are moderate.
People & Society:
The Portuguese people delve into diverse culture. Since prehistoric
times, Iberians, Celts, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans,
Vandals, Visigoths, and later, Muslim Arabs and Berbers reside
in Portugal. Centuries of assimilation have imbued the Portuguese
people with a remarkable degree of homogeneity. Of late, immigrants
from Africa to Brazil, and Asia have given Portugal a more
Portugal as a society has been making strides since the revolution
of 1974. Despite these developments, a majority of Portuguese,
inhabiting the vast rural areas of the country continue to
lead a traditional life. Politically, the Portuguese mentality
has become more liberal, and in recent years the death penalty
was abolished from Portugal’s criminal and legal system altogether.
Elementary education is compulsory for children aged 6
to 15. The major universities are the University of Coimbra
and the University of Lisbon. In 1996, 295,000 students were
enrolled in Portugal’s institutions of higher learning.
Roman Catholic 94%
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