Portugal, the oldest nation-state in Europe, is located along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in South Western Europe, sharing a border with Spain in the east and north. With a vast coastline in the west and south, Portugal (including Madeira and Azores islands in the Atlantic) has a strategic location, allowing fast access not only to several European countries but also to the east coast of the American continent and Africa.

Despite its relatively small size, the country presents a great diversity of landscapes, from golden plains to mountains, and the best beaches in the world.

Portuguese is the official language, spoken by more than 200 million people in Europe (Portugal), America (Brazil), Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, S. Tome & Principe and Equatorial Guinea) and Asia (East Timor and Macau). This diversity has contributed to the expansion of historical and cultural ties between Portugal and the world.

The political system is a pluralistic democracy. Under the Constitution, the organs of sovereignty are the President, the Parliament, the Government and the Courts.

As a member of the European Union and NATO, Portugal plays a greater role in both European and World affairs than
its size would suggest.

Total area: 92,090 square km (including Madeira and Azores archipelagos), a little bigger than the size of Maine (USA).

Population: 10.3 million (2016 estimates).

Weather:  Humid and mild winters  / dry and warm summers.

Landscape: High plateaus and mountainous north of the Tagus river, rolling plains in the south.

Capital: Lisbon (which is older than Rome). Metropolitan area has a population of 2.8 million.

Currency: Euro.

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