Country: Portugal

Population: 10,642,836

Capital: Lisbon

Time Zone: UTC+0

Currency Name: euro (EUR)

Government Type: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used)

Ethnic Breakdown: 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

Religion: Roman Catholic 84.5%, other Christian 2.2%, other 0.3%, unknown 9%, none 3.9%

Major Cities: Lisbon, Porto

Phone Country Code: 351

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitportugal.com/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Mardi Gras, Easter, April 25 (Carnation Revolution), May 1 (Labor Day), Corpus Christi, June 10 (National Day), August 15 (Assumption of Mary), October 5 (Proclamation of the Republic), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 1 (Restoration of Independence), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Had the Richter Scale been invented then, the great earthquake which all but destroyed Lisbon on 1 November 1755 would have registered a massive 8.9.