Best places to live: what makes Portugal so special?

Members of InterNations, an international expat community, put Portugal among the top ten places to live by weather. But this country has much more to offer than the sunniest continental european capital.

An image of the city of Lisbon, on a sunny day

Some countries value good weather more than others, but the majority has spoken: Portugal deserves the 10th place on the list, when it comes favourite places to live because of the weather conditions. Over 14 000 people living in 195 countries participated in the survey. Costa Rica, Cyprus and Greece make up the top three on the list.

Besides the weather, 62% of expats who participated in the survey rated their personal safety in Portugal as very good, which is 20 percentage points above the global average. Portugal also ranks third as the “Most Welcoming Countries” and fifth in “Quality of Life” and “Ease of Settling in” indexes.

If those are not enough reasons to start thinking about moving to Portugal, environment lovers will love the next one. Portugal got an hororable 7th place in the Environmental Performance Index. This ranking developed by the Yale University analyses the States’ environmental policies. Did you know that earlier this year, Portugal ran for four straight days on renewable energy coming from wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity?

If we are changing your view about Portugal for the better, you are not alone. International perception of Portugal is up for the third year in a row, according to a report by the consultant “On Strategy”. Economic potential and social context were the fields that registered a greater increase. As Portugal becomes a more and more known touristic destination, the reputation among foreigners tends to increase. Additionally, Portugal remains a stable and safe destination, while other typical destinations are facing some political instability or the threat of terrorism, as we have talked about before.

 

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Looking for sunny and safe holidays, tourists turn to Portugal

As some common holidays destinations like France and Turkey deal with the threat of terrorism, the number of tourists in Portugal increases. While this country remains a good choice regarding safety, the government has also worked on improving security measures.

Vista da ponto 25 de abril a partir de um terraço com uma mesa decorada com flores e com um copo de vinho.

Bloomberg points out that Portugal, along with its neighboring country Spain, is already registering a growth in the number of tourists who are seeking sunny destinations. It comes in the aftermath of multiple terrorist attacks in France and the failed coup d’etat in Turkey, a nation now facing internal conflicts in addition to the already existing terrorism threat.

Tourism represents about 10% of Portugal GDP. In 2015, hotels registered over 16 million guests and 70% of those were foreign. The number of British and German visitors increased the most. Algarve, Lisbon and Madeira were the most sought-after regions.

Investment in the future

Bloomberg quotes the Portuguese minister of Economy, Miguel Macedo Cabral, who says that the country is working to promote different segments to attract more tourists, not only during summer, but year-round. The government is also looking to expand tourism to other places in the country.

Portugal ranks 5th in the 2016 Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics and Peace, climbing 6 positions compared to the previous year. Yet, in the light of the terrorism events in Europe, the government has also invested in improving measures in airports and common tourist destinations.

However, this is not the only index where Portugal gets an honorable place. It is the 12th out of 207 countries in the KOF Index of Globalization for 2016. The Portuguese health care system ranked 12th in the world by the World Health Organization. In fact, Portugal has some of the highest rates when it comes to available hospital beds and number of physicians. You can learn more about Portugal and the Portuguese health care by visiting our site.

 

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