1. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
There are excellent investment opportunities in Portugal. From the creation of new companies to the conditions for obtaining residence permits and access to tax incentives, the advantages are appealing.
Portugal is the 1st best country in the world in the facility of "International Trade"
It was considered the 20th best country in the world in the category of "Execution of Contracts"
It ranks 25th in 189 countries for "best country to do business"
Source: World Bank (Doing Business 2016, total number of countries: 189)
Ease of communication & Foreign Language
English is mandatory in all schools since the 1st grade
More than 60% of Portuguese speak a foreign language and 78% of students learn 2 or more foreign languages
Science, mathematics, management and foreign languages ??are areas where the Portuguese show an above-average capacity
Portugal occupies the 21st place in the world "Quality of Scientific Research Institutions"
Mathematics with performance above the OECD average
Source: World Economic Forum (Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, total number of countries: 140
Being a member of the European Union, it defends a free market with the abolition of sources allowing a free people and goods circulation.
The Portuguese language is the third most spoken language in the world and the official language in about 10 countries: Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, S.Tomé and Principe, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Timor- Spoken by more than 260 million people.
Portugal has a clear and transparent fiscal rules that simplifies investment operations.
Several measures for investors and integration of foreigners in Portugal
Special schemes with favorable tax on income and retire: special scheme for non-habitual residents.
2. COMPETITIVE REAL ESTATE
Portugal is at the top of the ranking of real estate purchase.
According to Live and Invest Overseas, "Compared to Western European cities such as Paris, London, Dublin, Madrid and Rome, the Portuguese capital generally offers better weather, better real estate prices and lower cost of living”
Portugal does not suffer from a real estate bubble: it has had a structured growth and with little credit leverage, since 2011
It is internationally recognized for the quality, innovation and sustainability of real estate construction, with world-renowned and international prize winners architects such as Eduardo Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira.
3. PACIFIC GEOLOCATION
With a privileged location in Western Europe to access relevant markets, Portugal is an open door to the Schengen Area and to a 500 million people market, not to mention some 260 million Portuguese-speaking consumers.
Strategic geographical location
Portugal is the most western European country, gathering with 3 continents: Europe, Africa and America
Central and strategic point on important international routes, with air, sea and land connections with all the world cities. . Has a new ship port in the north and a new one is to have its premiere soon.
Portugal is globally recognized in terms of better infrastructures:
Quality of motorway network, with access to all country areas – the 4th in the world
Quality of air transport: with 3 domestic airports and in the Islands of Madeira and Azores - 24th best in the world.
Porto Airport considered the best in Europe, according to the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards
Quality of maritime infrastructures, with 3 seaports with capacity to receive ships of all capacity - 25th best in the world
Quality of railway infrastructures, with easy and fast access to Spain, Fança and Germany - 25th best in the world
Sources: OECD, Container Management, Competitiveness Ranking of the World Economic Forum (140 countries), Airports Council International, Corridor 4
Portugal is a pioneer in the creation of some electronic networks, such as Via Verde (management of pockets) and the SIBS network - network executions and ATM payments and the fame of its cluster in the north and center of the country contributed to the web summit 2016 edition to be organized in Portugal.
innovation is also a plus in creating and developing e-government programs
It has the fastest and most efficient broadband networks in Europe
Sources: OECD Broadband Statistics, The World in 2014 - ICT Facts and Figures (ITU), Eurostat, Anacom, INE, DGEEC, United Nations, European Commission (e-Government
4. QUALITY OF LIFE
Portugal is included in the TOP10 as one of the best countries in the world to live in (Source: InterNations annual Expat Insider survey 2016)
Portugal is a good country not only to invest, but also to live in and enjoy. It is one of the safest countries in the world, has a mild and pleasant climate throughout the entire year, excellent health care services and good cultural and leisure agenda
Lisbon was named, in 2016, as one of the 42 cities with the best quality of life. (Source: Worldwide Quality of Living Survey)
Portugal has a very pleasant climate and more than 300 sunshine days per year, with mild winters and long, hot summers. The Mediterranean climate predominates in the South.
Average temperature at 12h00: 25ºC (summer) and 16ºC (winter).
Portugal is the 5th most peaceful country in the world in a 163 countries sample (Global Peace Index 2016) and ranks 28th among 168 countries in International Transparency (Corruption Perception Index 2015)
Portugal was chosen by American readers as the Best European Country to visit - Source: USA Today
It ranked 15th in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015, having hosted in 2016 more than 16 million tourists
In 2015, the Algarve region was considered the best beach destination in Europe
Despite its size, public and private education in Portugal is globally recognized, mainly in the areas of management, economics and architecture
Eight Portuguese institutions appear in the ranking of the world's 800 best universities in 70 countries, according to the ranking of the British magazine Times Higher Education
The Lisbon School of Business & Economics is the leading Business School in Portugal since 2008, according to the Financial Times, which ranks globally as the best Business Schools in Europe, currently in the 23rd place.
The LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the Catholic School of Law were included for the seventh consecutive year in the prestigious selection of the Financial Times, which comprises only 21 schools in Continental Europe. The Catholic School of Law is the only Portuguese Law School to feature in this selection - Financial Times' Innovative Law Schools Report
The University of Porto is recognized in several of the main international rankings of higher education institutions, such as the Ibero-American Ranking of Research Institutions, to be mentioned among the 500 best universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, as well as the distinction as sole representative Portuguese in the "top 500" of the universities with the best indexes of scientific production of the planet, according to the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities
The New School of Business and Economics, is one of the most visible and ascendant Business School in Europe
Portugal also has several international schools in regular education, has international programs such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the evaluation systems "British GCSE and GSE"
Portugal is still considered one of the Top 10 for the Erasmus program
Health and Pension System / Retirement
Portugal offers one of the best and most competent public and private health network
It has a vast network of care for the elderly
It is one of the best places to live when retired, according to The Huffington Post, 2016,
Algarve was considered the best place in the world to enjoy after retire, following Forbes, Retire Overseas Index (2014).
Portugal is above the European average in Life Expectancy, according to the OECD, having been in 16th place on Life expectancy in the European Union countries
Portugal was voted the best destination for Golf in 2016 by the World Golf Awards
It has some of the best golf courses in the world
Easy to practice almost all kinds of sports, including various water sports
Low Cost of Living
According to UBS (Prices and Earnings 2015), the cost of living is considered low for most foreigners
The price of the real estate market is also below the European average and very attractive to foreign investment