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Useful Information

Did you know that Portugal is the westernmost country of the european continent? Find out more about Portugal:

  1. Portugal’s official name is República Portuguesa (Portuguese Republic).
  2. The capital of the country is Lisbon.
  3. The country’s resident population totals 10,295,909 people (2019 - www.ine.pt).
  4. The Portuguese territory comprises an area of 92,152 km, divided into 18 districts within continental Portugal and two autonomous regions (Azores and Madeira).
  5. Portugal was founded in 1143.
  6. The Republic was established in 1910.
  7. Portugal’s political system has been a democracy since the Revolution of 25 April 1974.
  8. 10 June is officially the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities.
  9. Portuguese and Mirandese are Portugal’s two official languages.
  10. The Euro is Portugal’s official currency.
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Emergency Telephone Number

112 is the European emergency number, available free of charge anywhere in the European Union. In Portugal, in case of emergency, 112 is free of charge and will be answered promptly by the emergency centres that activate medical assistance. 


Telephone numbers are made up of nine digits. To call Portugal from abroad, you will need to enter the international code (00) followed by the country code (351). 


Several hotels and public buildings, such as airports, conference centres, restaurants and shopping centres, have clearly marked Wi-Fi areas with free access to wireless internet.


Opening hours are between 8.30 am and 3.00 pm, five business days a week. The national ATM network, which can be identified by the symbol MB, allows users to make cash withdrawals 24 hours a day. 


In general, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 6 pm. For more information about opening hours and services available at each branch, please visit www.ctt.pt  


In general, pharmacies are open on weekdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 7 pm (some close for lunch from 1 pm to 3 pm). Pharmacies that are open at night-time can be identified by a neon green cross above the door. If they are closed, information about the nearest open pharmacies can be found on the door.


If you require medical assistance, please contact your local Health Centre. Hospital emergency services should be used only for the most serious cases. National citizens from any of the 27 European Union member states are entitled to free healthcare or be charged reduced rates. To access free or reduced-rate healthcare, the citizens of the countries mentioned above who do not reside in Portugal should present the European Health Insurance Card (issued by the country of origin), together with the passport or citizen’s card. 


COVID-19: If you experience cough, fever or shortness of breath, call SNS 24 (National Health Service): 808 24 24 24. 

All calls to this line must be made from a Portuguese number. However, you can leave a foreign telephone number as your follow-up contact.