Live in Portugal
If a change in circumstances has given you the opportunity to live in portugal, then you are sure to have a wonderful time. Portugal is a beautiful country to reside in and boasts much natural beauty including her marvelous coast line, mountain greenery and plains. Portugal has some wonderful traditional and modern architecture, boasts much art and history and is accompanied with such delights as her music, song and dance.
The cost to live in Portugal is still moderate when compared to the rest of Europe, with the climate and relaxed way of living an added advantage. The number of people that live in Portugal fluctuates at around eleven and a half million people with the land mass of Portugal covering an area of 35,553 sq miles. Portugal is crossed by rivers rising in Spain and flowing to the Atlantic; among them are the Douro, the Tagus, the Sado, and the Guadiana. The river valleys support agriculture, and vineyards are maintained in the Douro and Tagus valleys. On the lower hillslopes there are olive groves; grains are grown and livestock are raised on the flatter uplands as well as on the plains near the coast.
Portuguese agricultural techniques are less mechanized than those of most of W Europe, and less than 10% of the gross national product can be attributed to agricultural production. Wheat, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, grapes, sugar beets, and olives are the main crops; sheep, cattle, and goats are raised. The country's fishing fleets bring in vital cargoes of sardines and tuna; fishing ports extend all the way from Cape St. Vincent in the south to the mouth of the Minho River on the N Spanish border. In addition to light industries such as food processing and textile, chemical, and paper and pulp manufacturing, Portugal has a limited variety of heavy industries. Low-grade coal, copper pyrites, iron ore, tungsten, and other minerals are mined. Most of the mines are in the northern mountains and in Beira. Portugal's forests provide a major portion of the world's supply of cork.
The country has enjoyed considerable economic progress since it became a member of the European Community (now the European Union) in 1986. Machinery and motor vehicles, textile fibers, petroleum, and cereals are major imports, and cotton textiles and wine as well as cork, other wood products, and fruit are major exports. European Union countries are the main trading partners. Portugal has seen much construction over the last twenty years with many homes for sale in Portugal being bought by the younger generations whom are starting to leave their parents at an earlier age and live in Portugal with their own families. Property prices have risen steadily with homes for sale in Lisbon and Porto seeing the greatest rises due to the influx of the young adults from the countryside seeking work. Properties for sale in Portugal and most certainly in the quieter areas of the country are almost equally balanced by For Sale by Owner or are sold through Real Estate agents.
The property market this year (2013) has up until now been relatively quiet however the correctly priced and properties in the larger cities are still selling well. If you would like further advice on how to buy property in Portugal or you wish to sell property in Portugal, simply get in touch and we will do everything necessary to assist you in concluding a smooth transaction. Remember there are many sources of information for new residents wishing to live in Portugal and a great search term may simply be Living Portugal. Your local Embassy is always a good place to start and is generally a place where you will receive unbiased advice for living in Portugal. If you have made the decision to live in Portugal, let Living Portugal Property take care of your home requirements and free your time to truly LIVE Portugal.
Living in Portugal
The following information on living in Portugal was taken from ec.europa.eu under their general terms for reproduction of articles
The political, administrative and legal system
Portugal is a parliamentary republic with a president elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year term of office. The Government is formed by the Conselho de Ministros [Council of Ministers/Cabinet], headed by the Prime Minister, who is politically accountable to the President and Parliament. Legislative power is exercised by Parliament, composed of a chamber of deputies with 230 seats. Members of Parliament are elected by proportional representation for four years. The political parties currently represented in Parliament are: the PS (Socialist Party), the PSD (Social Democrat Party), the PCP (Portuguese Communist Party), the CDS-PP (Social Democratic Centre - People's Party), the BE (Left Alliance) and the PEV (the ‘Green’ Ecology Party).
Portugal is divided into 22 electoral districts: 18 in Continental Portugal, 1 in Madeira and 3 in the Azores.
Each district has a Government-appointed Civil Governor. The Azores and Madeira are Autonomous Regions with directly elected Regional Parliaments with legislative power which appoint Regional Governments with substantial executive powers.
Portuguese Law is influenced to some extent by Roman law. The Portuguese legal system is comparable to the German and French systems, for example, but not to the Anglo-American system. The principal source of law is the Constitution. There are three levels of courts in Portugal: district courts or courts of first instance, appeal courts or courts of second instance and the Supreme Court. Each district has a court of first instance. In some cases the appeal courts may also act as courts of first instance. The Supreme Court in Lisbon has one presiding judge and 22 judges. Any lawyer is allowed to act in any court. He or she has the title of Advogado [lawyer].
Remember that once you are in Portugal you are subject to Portuguese law.
The police may arrest someone:
If there is reasonable suspicion that he is about to commit a criminal offence; to prevent future criminal action; or to remove him from the presence of other people. Suspects detained must be brought before a judge within 48 hours.
All nationals of over 17 years of age must register with the Junta de Freguesia [parish council] (small administrative unit) in the area where they live, in order to obtain an Electoral Card which allows them to vote in the next elections. Registration becomes permanent at 18 years of age. Such registration is voluntary for European citizens who live in Portugal, and allows them to vote in local authority elections and elections to the European Parliament.
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