Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, which is located in the southeast part of Europe and includes the archipelagos of Azores and Madeira (located in the Atlantic Ocean).


In Lisbon, winter is mild, and summer is hot but somehow moderate due to the proximity to the sea. There are many sunny days with mild temperatures during spring and autumn.


Portugal has about 10 million and 300 thousand inhabitants. About three million people live in the region of Lisbon, and Lisbon itself has about 600 thousand inhabitants.


Portuguese, the world’s third most widely spoken language, spoken by about 250 million people.


Portugal’s official currency is the Euro.


Real estate agencies and newspapers are an excellent way of finding premium housing to rent or buy. Always look for ads posted with the reference “Authorized broker”.


In Portugal, healthcare is provided by the National Health Service (SNS), which includes Healthcare Centres and Public Hospitals. Emergency Services must be used in serious situations.

Permanent Assistance (24 hours a day): 808 24 24 24

Education System

The Ministry of Education and Science is responsible for the Portuguese education system – with support from the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Security, in matters that concern preschool education. There is also a wide network of private educational institutions, namely international schools.

Equivalency / Recognition of Degrees

To get equivalency between your qualifications and those qualifications that are recognized in Portugal, please contact:

– CIREP, with the Ministry of Education and Science (in Lisbon), if your qualifications are primary or secondary education.

– NARIC Portugal, if you have a higher education degree


Electrical grid: 230 / 400 volts, frequency of 50 hertz. Power plugs are according to European standards.


There are public phone booths that can be used with coins or specific cards that are sold in speciality stores, post offices or marked kiosks or tobacco stores. To make a call from Portugal to another country, please dial 00, country code and city code, and then the number.