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An Introduction to Portugal

The westernmost country of mainland Europe, Portugal stares southwest across the Atlantic towards its former colony, Brazil, which is home to 85% of the world's Portuguese speakers. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Europe (Other)

Mar 15
Digital media measurement, data and analytics platform DoubleVerify (DV) has appointed long-time Ebiquity exec Laetitia Zinetti as Regional Vice President for Southern Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece), leading the company's growth across the region. Mar 15 2023
Mar 9
Online panel provider Intra Research has expanded into eighteen new territories, bringing the total number of European countries it covers to 34. Mar 9 2023

13 current Other European jobs including:

Senior Data Processor EMEA (Online Panels), Romania / Poland (Remote Working), Salary - Competitive (base salary DoE and role) - (posted Mar 20 2023)
Global Sales Director (Online Panels), Remote Working (Anywhere in EMEA Region), Salary - Competitive (base salary DoE and role) - (posted Mar 20 2023)
Account Executive / Manager EMEA (Online Panels), Remote Working (Anywhere in EMEA Region), Salary - Competitive (base salary DoE and role) - (posted Mar 20 2023)
EnTrust Programme Doctoral Researchers - Agri-Data Management, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Salary - EU Funded PhD Programme - (posted Mar 14 2023)

Fast Facts
Map of Portugal
GOVERNMENT: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
AREA: 92,212 sq km
POPULATION: 10,581,949 (2012 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: Portugese
Boats on the beach in Portugal
Boats on the beach in Portugal

Shaken but not Stirred The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 is probably the most famous tremor in history and occurred on Saturday, 1 November at around 9:40 am. The quake and the subsequent fire and Tsunami almost completely destroyed the city, with an estimated 30-40,000 of the population of 200,000 killed. Lasting between 3 and 6 minutes, it also devastated the Algarve and sent shocks throughout Europe. Seismologists today estimate it had a magnitude in the range 8.59.0 on the moment magnitude scale.

No less dramatic, in the long run, was the effect on religion and science. The quake struck on an important church holiday and destroyed almost every important church in the city, causing the country's staunchly Roman Catholic leaders to speculate on theories of divine judgement and retribution. On the positive side, it gave birth to the science of seismology, as Portugals PM sent a questionnaire to all parishes of the country gathering information about the timing of the tremors, direction of the shockwave and of building collapse, number of deaths and the rising and falling of the sea - the answers are still archived in the country's Torre de Tombo national historical archive and represent a goldmine for scientists.

One thing the quake didnt destroy is the 1386 Treaty of Windsor, thought to be the oldest military alliance still in force anywhere in the world.

This Anglo-Portuguese agreement, beginning with treaties from thirteen years earlier, has served both countries well - for example securing English / British aid in the Napoleonic Peninsular war and Portugese help for the UK in the First World War. Heres to lasting friendship that transcends boundaries, centuries and even penalty shoot-outs...

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Portugal in Profile

The westernmost country of mainland Europe, Portugal stares southwest across the Atlantic towards its former colony, Brazil, which is home to 85% of the world's Portuguese speakers.

Portugal was established as an independent kingdom in 1139 and claims to be the oldest European state. It also controlled whats often called the world's first global empire and is undoubtedly the record-holder for longevity, taking its first colony in 1415 (Ceuta, on the north African coast now a Spanish exclave) and relinquishing the last, Macau, in 1999. The decline of the Empire began with Napoleons invasion of Portugal in 1807 and the independence of Brazil, in 1822.Portugal was ruled between 1932 and 1968 by dictator Antnio de Oliveira Salazar, who despite his repressive rule remains thoroughly popular in the country - he was voted the Greatest Portuguese in a poll in 2007. A left wing military coup in 1975 removed his successors and the country has since then moved to a more liberal stance, joined the EU and disposed of its remaining colonies. Portugal enjoys a strong healthcare system, a devotion to peace - it was one of five European countries to remain neutral in WWII - and a high Human Development Index.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $248.9 bn (2011 est.); $23,361 per capita

Religions oman Catholic 84.5%; other Christian faiths 2.2%; other faiths 4.3%; non-religious 9%

Currency: Euro

Telephone Code: + 351

Overview of the Research Industry

MR Association(s):

Portuguese Association of Market Research Companies (APODEMO)

Portugal is the 40th largest research market in the world, and the 20th largest in Europe. 92 percent of MR turnover comes from domestic clients and 8 percent from international. According to the ESOMAR Global Prices Study 2012 the country was the 34th most expensive for carrying out research.
Source: ESOMAR

Overview of Trade and Industry

With a high income mixed economy, diversified and service-based, Portugal has seen gradual modernization since the 1960s, and privatisation and liberalisation since the late 1980s. Good growth in the 1990s was followed by a slowing between 2001 and 2008, precisely the reverse of the economies in central and eastern Europe whose services have played a part in under-cutting Portugals competitive edge.

Portugal is exposed to the financial crisis with high levels of public debt and a rigid labour market, and austerity measures introduced in 2011 and tied to an EU bailout totalling EUR 80bn, have yet to 'ake much impact on its prospects.

Portuguese Exports were $55.8 bn in 2011 and covered a wide range of commodities including food and wine, chemicals and plastics, wood and paper products, and textiles major partners in 2009 with their shares were Spain 25.2%, Germany 13.8%, France 12.2%, the UK 5% and Angola 5%. Imports of $76.0 bn came from Spain (31.1%), Germany (12.4%) and France (6.9%) among others, and include agricultural and chemical products, vehicles, electronics / instruments and textile materials.

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