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Country Name
Portuguese Republic
Geographical Area
92,391 sq km (35,672 sq miles)
Population
10,781,459 (Oct 2014 est.)
Capital City
Lisbon
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People   Portuguese and other
Language   Portuguese

English and French are second languages in Portugal.
Religion   94% Roman Catholic, Protestant
Government   Parliamentary democracy, head of the government is the prime minister, head of the state is the president
Head of Government   Prime Minister: Pedro Passos Coelho; President: Anibal Cavaco Silva
Embassy   The American Embassy Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081 Lisbon ph. 351-21-727-3300 fax 351-21-726-9109
Visas   Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US may stay for up to 90 days without a visa.
Health Risks   Sunburn, heat exhaustion
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: May through September – casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. Sunglasses and a sun hat are also recommended.

WINTER: Mid- November through Mid-March – A wardrobe of matching coordinates, made of man-made fibers and/or wool, which allow for minimum and maximum warmth for varying temperatures is suggested. A topcoat with zip-out lining is also advised.

SPRING/FALL: Mid-March through April and then October through Mid-November – Lightweight wool or topcoat are suggested.

DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require tie and jacket for men.

CASINOS: Formal attire is recommended.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES: Comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended.

CHURCHES: Casual, but conservative attire is recommended.

CRUISES: Casual daytime attire is suggested. For occasional special gala evenings cocktail dress and tie and jacket are suggested.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC; 5 hours ahead of EST
Banking / Exchange   Banks are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.
to 3 p.m. and closed on major holidays.
Currency   Euro
Electric Current   The standard electrical current throughout Portugal is 220 AC, 50 cycles.
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Visa cards are widely accepted throughout Portugal. Mastercard/Eurocard and American Express are also useful.

TRAVELERS CHECKS:

Traveler’s checks are widely accepted throughout Portugal and may be exchanged easily at most banks.
Shopping   General Trade Stores Shopping Hours

Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sun: Closed

NOTE:

Shopping centers in large cities may remain open from
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. all week.
Weights & measures   Metric
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price.

2. When you leave Portugal, make sure your purchases and receipts are readily available for inspection. Allow plenty of time for this process when you arrive at the airport. A Customs official will stamp your form as long as the purchase was made within in the previous six months. Without this stamp, a form is not valid and VAT refund cannot be made.

3. A VAT refund will be mailed to you or placed in a credit card account.
National Airport   Lisboa (Lisbon) LIS
Major Tourist Attractions   Aveiro, The Azores, Coimbra, Faro, Lisbon, Porto, Viseu
Tipping Suggestion   Almost all dining establishments will include services in their prices. However, it is customary, all though not expected, to leave a tip in bars, hotels, restaurants, and taxis. A tip of 5%-10% is appropriate. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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