Michael Bryan

Written by Michael Bryan

Modified & Updated: 24 Aug 2023

Jessica Corbett

Reviewed by Jessica Corbett

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal Facts

Portugal is rich in history as it’s one of the oldest European countries. There are so many things to learn and explore in it – food, castles, waves, and more! Come and have an adventure with these 80 Portugal facts!

  1. Portugal has a land area of 92,212 km².
  2. It is approximately 2.6 times smaller than the United Kingdom.
  3. It is also a member country of the European Union since January 1, 1986.
  4. More than 30% of Portuguese people speak English while 10% of them can speak Spanish.
  5. More than 20% of Portuguese people speak and understand French.
  1. Portugal is a country located in Southwestern Europe.
  2. The capital of the country is Lisbon.
  3. Portugal citizens are called Portuguese.
  4. Spain is the only neighboring country of Portugal.
  5. The Atlantic Ocean borders the country from its northwest, west, and south.
  6. Portugal’s territory includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira.
  7. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
  8. The official and national language of the country is Portuguese.
  9. Portugal also uses Mirandese (an Astur-Leonese language) as a regional language.
  10. Its territory got continuously settled, invaded, and fought over since prehistoric times.
  1. Pre-Celtic and Celtic people or a collection of Indo-European people inhabited Portugal.
  2. The establishment of the country started during the early Christian Reconquista.
  3. Around the 1400s to 1500s, Portugal established its first global maritime and commercial empire.
  4. The Portuguese Empire of the 15th century was one of the longest-lived empires in world history.
  5. Prince Henry the Navigator was a central figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire.
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