Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Portugal


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. (from the CIA)
 
 

 

Economic Overview

Portugal has become a diversified and increasingly service-based economy since joining the european community in 1986. over the past two decades, 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 1990s, but fell back in 2001-07. gdp per capita stands at roughly two-thirds of the eu-27 average. 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 budget deficit surged to an all-time high of 6% of gdp in 2005, but the government reduced the deficit to 2.6% in 2007 - a year ahead of portugal's targeted schedule. nonetheless, 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.

Environmental Issues

Soil erosion; air pollution caused by industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution, especially in coastal areas

Government Type

Republic; parliamentary democracy

Population

10,676,910 (july 2008 est.)

Location

Southwestern europe, bordering the north atlantic ocean, west of spain

Area

Total: 92,391 sq km land: 91,951 sq km water: 440 sq km note: includes azores and madeira islands

Slightly smaller than indiana

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: portuguese republic conventional short form: portugal local long form: republica portuguesa local short form: portugal

Capital

Name: lisbon geographic coordinates: 38 43 n, 9 08 w time difference: utc 0 (5 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last sunday in march; ends last sunday in october

Military Service

18 years of age for voluntary military service; compulsory military service ended in 2004; women serve in the armed forces, on naval ships since 1993, but are prohibited from serving in some combatant specialties; reserve obligation to age 35 (2007)

International Disputes

Portugal does not recognize spanish sovereignty over the territory of olivenza based on a difference of interpretation of the 1815 congress of vienna and the 1801 treaty of badajoz

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

2 Portugal Jobs Found


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