Portugal – Geography

President: Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo de Sousa 

Land area: 92,389 sq km

ccupying 15% of the Iberian Peninsula, which is shared with Spain. Also, the Atlantic islands of the Azores (2,247 sq km, nine islands) and Madeira (794 sq km, two islands).

Population: 10,839,357

Capital: Lisboa

Official language: Portuguese.  Languages: 9

Portugal still stands in the shadow of a 1974 coup that overthrew a corrupt government and established significant political and economic reforms.  After several years of struggling to redevelop itself, economic growth improved in 1986 after joining the European Union and becoming a founding member of NATO.

Drug use has become prevalent, with half of all teenagers reportedly experimenting with illegal substances. The country is known as the bridge for shipping cocaine and hashish from Southeast Asia to Europe and North America.  The Portuguese government is still struggling to pull its nation out of increasing debt and social depression. 

The Economy

Portugal has turned a corner. Having gone through a mild boom, a slump, and a severe recession, all packed into less than two decades, the Portuguese economy has re-emerged with a newfound strength. 

Portugal, has developed a service-based economy, while agriculture and fishing— once major sectors—have become much less important.

Unemployment: 7.0%
2018 GDP growth: 2.2%

Religion in Portugal

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