(More) reasons to visit or to move to Lisbon

Lisbon cultural side and the welcoming start-up environment are the recent aspects of this city that have been recognized abroad. The capital of Portugal remains an attractive and trendy destination for tourists, people looking to relocate and entrepreneurs.

Cultural Dynamism

Lisbon got the first place in the “Culture Dynamism” ranking among cities between 500 000 and 1 million inhabitants, part of the “The Culture and Creative Cities Monitor” developed by the European Comission. The report explains how it got the top position: “In recent years, the local authorities have taken new action to strengthen the economic potential of arts, culture and creativity. Co-working spaces, fab labs and start-up incubators are now available in the rehabilitated urban areas. In addition to long-lived international events such as the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, the Lisbon Fashion Week and the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, the city has started to host new creativity-related events, such as the European Creative Hubs Forum in 2015, connecting over 200 creative hubs across Europe.

If you are interested in exploring the city, the Guardian leaves you some tips in a recent article:

  • Gulbenkian Museum and the gardens surrounding it, perfect for a relaxed afternoon under the sun.
  • the MAAT, the most recent museum in the city and currently shortlisted in the category “Building of the year” in the World Architecture Festival.
  • flea markets and bric-a-brac stores in different parts of the city.
  • as well as multiple places to eat! Read the full article to learn more! 

Startup environment

In the ranking by “PeoplePerHour”, a large UK-based platform for freelancers, Lisbon comes in fourth place in a world ranking, ahead of cities like San Diego (USA) and London (UK). The ranking evaluates aspects like life quality, cost of offices and easiness to start a new business.

Portugal is also the host city of the renown WebSummit, “the largest tech conference in the world”, yet another proof of the city’s value for entrepreneurs.

 

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Brand “Portugal” on the rise

World renowned personalities, a widely spoken language, modern infrastructures and a business friendly environment are some of the aspects that Huffington Post points out as the reasons of Portugal’s bright momentum.

By U.S. Mission Photo by Eric Bridiers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
U.S. Mission Photo by Eric Bridiers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The recent election of Portuguese António Guterres as United Nations General-Secretary is the most recent evidence contributing to increase the reputation of Portugal.  As the article puts it: “Guterres’ ascension to the world stage provides an opportunity for Portugal to embrace and promote the shared values and leadership qualities he exemplifies”.

Portugal’s influence is also increasing on different areas. This year’s victory in the European Football Championship was a deserved reward for the country’s achievements in terms of football. The country has also many ambassadors in other fields as well, like the world renowned neuroscientist António Damásio, fado singer Mariza, chef José Avillez, among many others.

Furthermore, Portugal has been able to attract many international companies to its territory and it is seen as a technological advanced nation while Lisbon increases its reputation as a good start up ecosystem. This year, this city is hosting the prestigious Web Summit – “Europe’s Largest Technology Marketplace” that will receive renowned guest speakers and thousands of attendees from all over the world.

This hasn’t been unnoticed, after all, Portugal is receiving more and more tourists every year, the country remains one of the most peaceful countries in the world and is referred as a good destination for retiring abroad and for long term health care. Contact us for more information!

 

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