- Portugal is a major tourist destination in Southern Europe.
- It is bordered only by Spain to the north and east. It also has a coastline along the Gulf of Cadiz to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
- The coordinates for Portugal are 38.7000° N, 9.8133° W.
- The terrain here is mostly mountainous in the north, whilst the south features lovely rolling plains.
- The total land area of Portugal is 35,655 square miles (92,345 square kilometres).
- Portugal’s population was 10.5 million in 2013.
- The capital is Lisbon which covers an area of 32.7 square miles (84.8 square kilometres) and has a population of 504,718 (2016).
- The average life span here is 81.13 years (2016)
- Founded in 1128, Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe!
- The Portuguese enjoy a maritime temperate climate, with the north generally cool and rainy whilst the south is warmer and drier.
- A surfer’s paradise, it is often said that Portugal boasts 364 days a year of surf!
- The official language of Portugal is… Portuguese, of course!
- Euro is the official currency here.
- Apparently, the Portuguese eat more fish and shellfish per capita than any other nation!
- And more than half of the world’s cork is grown here!
- One of the world’s smallest bookshops is located in Lisbon – at a mere 3.8 square metres the shop owner often has to stand outside when customers come in! Despite its small stature this Tardis of a bookshop is said to boast around 4,000 books!
- At an incredible 10.6 miles (17.2 km) long, the Vasco da Gama bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe!
- Portugal also boasts the first ever commercial wave farm, which uses the power of the Atlantic Ocean to harvest electricity!
- Portugal grows potatoes, grains, olives and grapes, rears sheep and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of tourism, wood pulp, paper, cork, metalworking, textiles and footwear.
- Portugal also exports clothing and footwear, chemicals, machinery, cork, paper products and hides.
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