Gateway to the world
Portuguese history and maritime expansion shows that Portugal is empowered to be a trading hub in a global scale. Located in strategically in the south western European Atlantic coastline, the country enjoys a preferential connection with America, Central Europe and Africa.
- Portugal is the nearest European country to the USA and Canada
- Portugal is on the same time zone as the UK and Ireland, – 3 hours from São Paulo in Brazil, + 1 hour from Central European Time, + 3 hours from Moscow and – 4 hours from New York and Toronto
- Portuguese is the official language in eight Countries and the 5th most widely spoken language in the world with around 260 million speakers
- These speakers are shared by the CPLP (Portuguese Speaking Countries Community) countries like Brazil (one of the BRIC countries), Angola (one of the fastest growing economies), Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and East Timor
- Due to the easy mutual comprehension between the Portuguese and Spanish languages, Portugal provides access to larger markets in the EU (508 million people).
On the other hand, in what concerns infrastructures, The WEF Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 rates Portugal overall quality of infrastructures in the 18th position, among the 137 rated countries in its report. All these infrastructures, air, maritime, road allows the Country to be closer and to get faster to other far and near stops.
- Portugal is rated worldwide nr. 8 in what concerns to the quality of the road system. In fact, nowadays the easiness of travelling by car in Portugal, with 3087km highway within an overall national road network of 17874km, is a distinctive plus not only for the mobility of citizens but also for the economy
- Regarding Air transport infrastructure Portugal counts 10 airports, 7 of which international, with a wide network connection over 160 domestic and international routes overall
- the WEF positions Portugal in 25th in what concerns to maritime infrastructures, emphasizing its strategic position in the Atlantic front of the Iberian Peninsula and in the crossroad of the main equatorial and meridian maritime shipping routes
- The Portuguese railroad has 2652 km and over 500 train stations. The rail national network is wide (image 3) connecting main and secondary cities and villages, but also international cities as Madrid, Valladolid, Paris and up to Mannheim in Germany.
All the economic data are being updated according to the official release.