Welcome to Portugal
By: The Shreyas
The main language that people of Portugal speak is called Portuguese!
In the north are traces of Celtic influence; in the south, Arab and Berber influence is considerable. Other groups—Lusitanians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, and Jews—also left their mark on the Portuguese people. The present-day Portuguese population is one of the most homogeneous in Europe, with the only minority being the less than 100,000 citizens of black African descent who immigrated to the mainland during decolonization.
The most important religion in Portugal is Roman Catholicism Nine out of 10 people are Roman Catholic.
The Portugal Flag:
Look at the bottom of the page to see a picture of the Portuguese Flag.
The red on the flag represents the Portuguese Revolution in 1910. The green stands for hope. The white shield consists of five blue shields and five white dots. The blue shields represent the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques I. The five white dots symbolizes the five wounds of Christ. The blue shields are arranged in a cross, which represent Christianity.
Portuguese Flag History:
The Portuguese Flag was adopted on June 30, 1911. The flag was used in 1910. Portugal originally declared independence in 1128 from the Kingdom Of Leon. In 1170, the independence was recognized by the Pope.
Some famous soups in Southern Portugal are gaspacho ( soup made of tomatoes, cucumber, onions, garlic, chillies and vinegar). Caldeirada is a fish soup made of water, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Some favorite desserts are Arroz doce, a rice pudding flavoured with cinnamon and lemon. Another favorite dessert is throughout Portugal is called pão de Ló this rich sponge cake can be flavoured with lemon, Madeira, port wine, cinnamon or orange juice.
There are about ten million people in Portugal as of the census of 2001. The birth rate as of 2012 has been 4.6 deaths and 1000 live births. As of now, the population has been increasing.
A fun fact about Portugal is that the language Portuguese is spoken by 230 million people all around the world
The type of government in Portugal is Parliamentary Partycracy. The President of Portugal is Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Portugal’s currency is the Euro. The National Holiday is Freedom Day which is on April 25th. The constitution was written in April 25th 1976 and was revised on October 30, 1982, June 1, 1989, November 5, 1992 and September 3, 1997.
About Aníbal Cavaco Silva:
Aníbal Cavaco Silva was born on July 15, 1939. He was elected on January 22nd 2006 and got re-elected on January 23, 2011. As of now, he is 74 years old!
Portugal’s biggest enemies are….
To Find a Portugal Newspaper, visit this website: http://www.theportugalnews.com/
The news in Portugal is that a helicopter crashed. It kills one person and injures 2 people.
The natural resources in Portugal are fish, forests (cork), iron ore, copper, zinc, tin, tungsten, silver, gold, uranium, marble, clay, gypsum, salt, arable land, hydropower.
Picture of Gold:Go to the bottom of the page to see a picture of gold.
Per Capita Income:
The GDP in Portugal is $23,800. The per capita income has been increasing since 1999. The GDP in 1999 was $15,300. In 2011, the GDP was $23,700. During the Renaissance, Portugal’s trading partners were Africa, Brazil, India, China, Japan and many other countries.
It is pretty hard to get a job in Portugal because you never know what language they will speak , so you have to be ready. It would be easier to get a job if you knew how to speak Portuguese, Russian, or Mandarin. To get a job in Portugal you have to get Residency Card, sign up for Social Security, and get a Tax Code.
Source: http://portugal.angloinfo.com/working/work-permits/ and…...
Portugal is a part of the NATO foundation. The military expenditures are 2.3% of the GDP. There are about 2 million males in the army. The armed forces of Portugal often known as Portuguese Armed Forces consists of an Air Force, Navy and an Army. 40,00 people are in the Portugal military.
The Credit Rating in Portugal is BBB. That means that is bad. It is negative. Their economy is going down. They might not be paying their bills.
The Moors, Muslim people from North Africa settled in the Peninsula in 711. The Moors were pushed out by Christian armies by the 9th century. Northern Portugal was under Christian rule. Portugal is one of the oldest nations in the world. It was established in the 12 century. In the 1970's, Portugal broke up its immerse seas and gave independence to Mongolia.