Portugal is ranked the 13th richest country in Europe and has a population of 10.7 million. Its capital city Lisbon is also its largest and is the ninth most populated urban area in the EU. Not only is Portuguese the official national language, it is also spoke by over 200 million people worldwide. Portugal is also a member of the European single currency.
Living in Portugal
Portugal climate is described as maritime temperate making it cool and rainy in the north and warmer and drier in the south. Portugal has considerable resources of wind and river power and in 2008 renewable energy resource methods produced 43% of the nation’s consumption of electricity. Both the world’s largest solar energy plant and the world’s first wave energy plant are located in Portugal.
Cost of living
The average monthly disposable monthly income after tax in Portugal is between €700-€1300. A cappuccino averages €1.23 and the average rent of a one bedroom city centre apartment is between €400-€700.
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