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Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced many aspects of its culture: salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s–1800s, when Portugal had a powerful maritime empire.

Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used)

Ethnic Groups: homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 84.5%, other Christian 2.2%, other 0.3%, unknown 9%, none 3.9%


Population: 10.7 million people (World Rank: 81st) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 303 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 99th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.0486 %/yr (World Rank: 205th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 79.9 years (World Rank: 39th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 41 years (World Rank: 14th) (2010 estimate) Sites for More Information:


Map of Portugal
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Portugal

Portugal - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Portugal

Wikipedia Entry for Portugal

Current News in Portugal

Portugal - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Portugal

Portugal - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Portugal

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Portugal 1
from travelnotes.org

Traveling to Portugal 2

Events in Portugal

Travel Guide for Portugal
Wikitravel Entry for Portugal

Language Resources:

Learn Portuguese Online

Learn Portuguese Online 2
from mylanguages.org

Portuguese language, alphabet, and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

Portuguese Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Government Related:

Embassy of Portugal
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Portugal
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.

Local Weather Conditions

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