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Facts About Portugal

General information about the country of Portugal.

Quick Facts About Portugal

  • Kingdom of Portugal Recogized: 1143
  • Republic Proclaimed: October 5, 1910
  • Official Country Name: Portuguese Republic
  • Form of Government: Parliamentary Democracy
  • Population: about 11 million
  • Capital City: Lisbon
  • Lisbon was destroyed in 1755 earthquake
  • Religion: 85% Roman Catholic
  • Official Languages: Portuguese and Mirandese
  • Gave independence to all its African colonies in 1975
  • Entered the European Union in 1986
  • Location: Southwest Europe
  • Borders: Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Cadiz
  • Islands: Azores and Madeira
  • Number of Airports: 66
  • Railroad Tracks: about 2,800 kilometers
  • Land Area: about 92,000 square kilometers
  • Water Area: 440 square kilometers
  • Coastline: 1,793 kilometers
  • Terrain: Mountains N of Tagus River, plains in the south
  • Highest Point: 2,351 meters (Ilha do Pico in the Azores)
  • Lowest Point: 0 (Sea level)
  • Natural Hazards: Earthquakes

    Wikipedia Introduction to Portugal

    Wikimedia Atlas of Portugal

    BBC News Portugal Country Profile

    Portugal World Fact Book

    See also
    More About Portugal
    Portugal Travel Guide
    Europe Travel Guide


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