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Portugal seemingly has it all: a diverse and beautiful landscape (full of endless sandy coastline, fantastic mountain ranges and golden plains), trendy and cosmopolitan urban centers with architectural treasures and a millennial old history boasting archaeological gems . Still, the country consistently scores poorly in a number of critical areas in the annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Better Life Index and are below average in health status, subjective well-being and social connections. Nonetheless, expats generally appreciate Portugal’s many assets and find city and outdoors life satisfying. The country is also safe, friendly and a fair amount of the locals speak English. Buying retail, doing business and navigating also tend not to be overly difficult for the English-speaking international visitor.

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Portugal

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Cost of Living

Cost of living

The high quality of life of Portugal should be accessible to the typical expat teacher in an international school. According to Xpatulator’s July 2016 report, the cost of living in Portugal is about at the international average. This becomes very apparent when one purchases any number of goods and services. Some items are more pricey such as transport (including petrol), an Internet plan and clothing. Still, several key expenses are more than reasonable (and sometime an outright steal) such as a household accommodation with furnishings, healthcare, groceries, restaurant meals and alcohol. If a western expat desires to relocate to Portugal and enjoy all its splendor, they are encouraged to negotiate a fair compensation plan that is commensurate with the local living expenses.

Satisfying sites on cost of living in Portugal

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The climate in Portugal is temperate, being cool and rainy in the north while moving south it becomes gradually warmer and sunnier. Winter is from December to February and is mild but further inland it gets colder. Summer spans June to mid September and is hot in the centre and South of the country and milder in the north.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Expat Arrivals website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world is constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office     US State Department     BBC World News     Al Jazeera     Portugal resident