Brief Facts About Portugal

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe. It is also the westernmost country of mainland Europe. With the history of its golden era during the 15th and 16th century, and devastation in Lisbon in 1755 by an earthquake, Portugal has so much to discover.

#1. Portugal was founded in 1128, making it one of the oldest nations in Europe.  Portugal is named after its 2nd largest city, Porto.

#2. Portugal is a developed country. It ranks as the 17th safest country in the world.

#3. The Green lane toll pay system and pre-paid mobile phone card are also Portuguese inventions, to name a couple.

#4. Portuguese, the national language of Portugal is also spoken in Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe – a total of nine countries.

#5. It (Portuguese) is also the 6th most spoken language (240 million speakers) in the world, followed by Bengali and Russian.

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