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Administrative divisions 18 districts (distritos, singular - distrito) and 2 autonomous regions* (regioes autonomas, singular - regiao autonoma); Aveiro, Acores (Azores)*, Beja, Braga, Braganca, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria, Lisboa, Madeira*, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real, Viseu
Age structure 0-14 years: 16.6% (male 916,234/female 839,935)

15-64 years: 66.3% (male 3,468,844/female 3,538,779)

65 years and over: 17.1% (male 744,787/female 1,057,633) (2005 est.)
Agriculture - products grain, potatoes, olives, grapes; sheep, cattle, goats, poultry, beef, dairy products
Airports 65 (2004 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total: 42

over 3,047 m: 5

2,438 to 3,047 m: 9

1,524 to 2,437 m: 3

914 to 1,523 m: 15

under 914 m: 10 (2004 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 23

914 to 1,523 m: 1

under 914 m: 22 (2004 est.)
Area total: 92,391 sq km

land: 91,951 sq km

water: 440 sq km

note: includes Azores and Madeira Islands
Area - comparative slightly smaller than Indiana
Background Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence in 1822 of Brazil as a colony. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.
Birth rate 10.82 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Budget revenues: $74.38 billion

expenditures: $79.86 billion, including capital expenditures of NA (2004 est.)
Capital Lisbon
Climate maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south
Coastline 1,793 km
Constitution 25 April 1976; revised many times
Country name conventional long form: Portuguese Republic

conventional short form: Portugal

local long form: Republica Portuguesa

local short form: Portugal
Death rate 10.43 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Debt - external $274.7 billion (2004 est.)
Diplomatic representation from the US chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Adrienne S. O'NEAL

embassy: Avenida das Forcas Armadas, 1600-081 Lisbon

mailing address: Apartado 4258, 1507 Lisboa Codex; PSC 83, APO AE 09726

telephone: [351] (21) 727-3300

FAX: [351] (21) 726-9109

consulate(s): Ponta Delgada (Azores)
Diplomatic representation in the US chief of mission: Ambassador Pedro Manuel Dos Reis Alves CATARINO

chancery: 2125 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

telephone: [1] (202) 328-8610

FAX: [1] (202) 462-3726

consulate(s) general: Boston, New York, Newark (New Jersey), and San Francisco

consulate(s): New Bedford (Massachusetts), Providence (Rhode Island)
Disputes - international none
Economic aid - donor ODA, $271 million (1995)
Economy - overview Portugal has become a diversified and increasingly service-based economy since joining the European Community in 1986. Over the past decade, successive governments have privatized many state-controlled firms and liberalized key areas of the economy, including the financial and telecommunications sectors. The country qualified for the European Monetary Union (EMU) in 1998 and began circulating the euro on 1 January 2002 along with 11 other EU member economies. Economic growth had been above the EU average for much of the past decade, but fell back in 2001-04. GDP per capita stands at two-thirds that of the Big Four EU economies. A poor educational system, in particular, has been an obstacle to greater productivity and growth. Portugal has been increasingly overshadowed by lower-cost producers in Central Europe and Asia as a target for foreign direct investment. The government faces tough choices in its attempts to boost Portugal's economic competitiveness while keeping the budget deficit within the eurozone's 3%-of-GDP ceiling.
Electricity - consumption 42.15 billion kWh (2002)
Electricity - exports 3.4 billion kWh (2002)
Electricity - imports 5.3 billion kWh (2002)
Electricity - production 43.28 billion kWh (2002)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m

highest point: Ponta do Pico (Pico or Pico Alto) on Ilha do Pico in the Azores 2,351 m
Environment - current issues soil erosion; air pollution caused by industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution, especially in coastal areas
Environment - international agreements party to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Environmental Modification
Ethnic groups homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal
Exchange rates euros per US dollar - 0.8054 (2004), 0.886 (2003), 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001), 1.0854 (2000)
Executive branch chief of state: President Jorge SAMPAIO (since 9 March 1996)

head of government: Prime Minister Jose SOCRATES (since 12 March 2005)

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister

note: there is also a Council of State that acts as a consultative body to the president

elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 14 January 2001 (next to be held January 2006); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president

election results: Jorge SAMPAIO reelected president; percent of vote - Jorge SAMPAIO (Socialist) 55.8%, Joaquim FERREIRA Do Amaral (Social Democrat) 34.5%, Antonio ABREU (Communist) 5.1%
Exports 3.4 billion kWh (2002)
Exports $37.68 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Exports 0 cu m (2001 est.)
Exports 28,830 bbl/day (2001)
Exports - commodities clothing and footwear, machinery, chemicals, cork and paper products, hides
Exports - partners Spain 25%, France 14%, Germany 13.5%, UK 9.6%, US 6%, Italy 4.3%, Netherlands 4% (2004)
Fiscal year calendar year
Flag description two vertical bands of green (hoist side, two-fifths) and red (three-fifths) with the Portuguese coat of arms centered on the dividing line
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 5.9%

industry: 30.2%

services: 63.9% (2004 est.)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $17,900 (2004 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 1.1% (2004 est.)
Geographic coordinates 39 30 N, 8 00 W
Geography - note Azores and Madeira Islands occupy strategic locations along western sea approaches to Strait of Gibraltar
Highways total: 17,135 km

paved: 14,736 km (including 1,659 km of expressways)

unpaved: 2,399 km (2002)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: 3.1%

highest 10%: 28.4% (1995 est.)
Illicit drugs gateway country for Latin American cocaine and Southwest Asian heroin entering the European market (especially from Brazil); transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Europe; consumer of Southwest Asian heroin
Imports 5.3 billion kWh (2002)
Imports $52.1 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Imports 2.553 billion cu m (2001 est.)
Imports 357,300 bbl/day (2001)
Imports - commodities machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum, textiles, agricultural products
Imports - partners Spain 29.3%, Germany 14.3%, France 9.3%, Italy 6.1%, UK 4.6%, Netherlands 4.6% (2004)
Independence 1143 (Kingdom of Portugal recognized); 5 October 1910 (independent republic proclaimed)
Industrial production growth rate 1.1% (2004 est.)
Industries textiles and footwear; wood pulp, paper, and cork; metals and metalworking; oil refining; chemicals; fish canning; rubber and plastic products; ceramics; electronics and communications equipment; rail transportation equipment; aerospace equipment; ship construction and refurbishment; wine; tourism
Infant mortality rate total: 5.05 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 5.53 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 4.55 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 2.1% (2004 est.)
Irrigated land 6,320 sq km (1998 est.)
Judicial branch Supreme Court or Supremo Tribunal de Justica (judges appointed for life by the Conselho Superior da Magistratura)
Labor force 5.48 million (2004 est.)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture 10%, industry 30%, services 60% (1999 est.)
Land boundaries total: 1,214 km

border countries: Spain 1,214 km
Land use arable land: 21.75%

permanent crops: 7.81%

other: 70.44% (2001)
Languages Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used)
Legal system civil law system; the Constitutional Tribunal reviews the constitutionality of legislation; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Legislative branch unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica (230 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)

elections: last held 20 February 2005 (next to be held February 2009); note - President SAMPAIO called for early elections after dissolving parliament on 10 December 2004 because he lacked confidence in the four-month center-right government

election results: percent of vote by party - PS 45.1%, PSD 28.7%, CDU 7.6%, PP 7.3%, BE 6.4%; seats by party - PS 121, PSD 75, CDU 14, PP 12, BE 8
Life expectancy at birth total population: 77.53 years

male: 74.25 years

female: 81.03 years (2005 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 93.3%

male: 95.5%

female: 91.3% (2003 est.)
Location Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain
Map references Europe
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

contiguous zone: 24 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
Merchant marine total: 114 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 872,557 GRT/1,236,025 DWT

by type: bulk carrier 10, cargo 38, chemical tanker 14, container 7, liquefied gas 9, passenger 8, passenger/cargo 7, petroleum tanker 9, roll on/roll off 4, vehicle carrier 8

foreign-owned: 97 (Australia 1, Belgium 6, Denmark 5, Germany 18, Greece 4, Iceland 1, Italy 11, Japan 8, Lebanon 1, Malta 1, Norway 4, Spain 19, Switzerland 4)

registered in other countries: 28 (2005)
Military branches Army, Navy (Marinha Portuguesa; includes Marine Corps), Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa, FAP), National Republican Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana) (2005)
Military expenditures - dollar figure $3,497.8 million (2003)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP 2.3% (2003)
National holiday Portugal Day, 10 June (1580); note - also called Camoes Day, the day that revered national poet Luis de Camoes (1524-80) died
Nationality noun: Portuguese (singular and plural)

adjective: Portuguese
Natural hazards Azores subject to severe earthquakes
Natural resources fish, forests (cork), iron ore, copper, zinc, tin, tungsten, silver, gold, uranium, marble, clay, gypsum, salt, arable land, hydropower
Net migration rate 3.49 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Pipelines gas 1,099 km; oil 8 km; refined products 174 km (2004)
Political parties and leaders Green Ecologist Party or PEV [Heloisa APOLONIA]; Popular Party or PP [Jose Ribeiro e CASTRO]; Portuguese Communist Party or PCP [Jeronimo de SOUSA]; Portuguese Socialist Party or PS [Jose SOCRATES Carvalho Pinto de Sousa]; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Luis Marques MENDES]; The Left Bloc or BE [Franciso Anacleto LOUCA]; Unitarian Democratic Coalition or UDC [Jeronimo de SOUSA]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 10,566,212 (July 2005 est.)
Population below poverty line NA
Population growth rate 0.39% (2005 est.)
Ports and harbors Leixoes, Lisbon, Setubal, Sines
Radio broadcast stations AM 47, FM 172 (many are repeaters), shortwave 2 (1998)
Railways total: 2,850 km

broad gauge: 2,576 km 1.668-m gauge (623 km electrified)

narrow gauge: 274 km 1.000-m gauge (2004)
Religions Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant (1995)
Sex ratio at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.09 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.7 male(s)/female

total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Telephone system general assessment: Portugal's telephone system has achieved a state-of-the-art network with broadband, high-speed capabilities and a main line telephone density of 53%

domestic: integrated network of coaxial cables, open-wire, microwave radio relay, and domestic satellite earth stations

international: country code - 351; 6 submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean), NA Eutelsat; tropospheric scatter to Azores; note - an earth station for Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region) is planned
Telephones - main lines in use 4,278,800 (2003)
Telephones - mobile cellular 9,341,400 (2003)
Television broadcast stations 62 (plus 166 repeaters)

note: includes Azores and Madeira Islands (1995)
Terrain mountainous north of the Tagus River, rolling plains in south
Total fertility rate 1.47 children born/woman (2005 est.)
Unemployment rate 6.5% (2004 est.)
Waterways 210 km (on Douro River from Porto) (2003)
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