Aerial view of Porto, PortugalArea
92,345 sq km (35,655 sq miles).

10.56 million (2011).

Lisbon. Population: 3,051,000 (2011).

Portugal occupies the southwest part of the Iberian Peninsula and shares borders in the north and the east with Spain, while to the south and west lies the Atlantic Ocean. The country is divided into various provinces, including the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Azores; the latter lying some 1220km (760 miles) due west of Lisbon.

Portuguese. English is widely spoken within the business community.

Roman Catholic.

220 volts AC, 50Hz. 110 volts in some areas and 220 DC in parts of the south. Continental two-pin plugs are in use.

IDD is available. Country code: 351. Outgoing international code: 00. There are call boxes in most villages and all towns; there are also public telephones in many cafés and bars, from which international calls may be made.

Mobile telephone
GSM 900/1800 networks. Operators include Optimus (website:, Telcel (website: and TMN (website: Coverage exists across the whole country.

Available at fax bureaux and large hotels in major cities.

ISPs include Esoterica, which operates an Internet Access Center, and Telepac, Comnexo and Sonet. Cybercafés exist in all urban areas, and some post offices offer Internet facilities.

Post offices (correios) are usually open Mon-Fri 0900-1800. Central post offices and those at airports are open Saturday. Airmail to European destinations from continental Portugal and the Azores takes three days; from Madeira, up to five days. There are poste restante facilities at post offices throughout the country.

Each region has its own Portuguese-language dailies. The English-language newspapers published in Portugal include: Anglo Portuguese News (Lisbon), and The News (Algarve).