Expatriate Community in Portugal

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
There are 250 000 expatriates.
Blogs For Expats
Expat-blog Portugal
For Further Information
Lisbon Relocating Office
Portal for citizens
Immigration Authority
Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Among the 140 cities in the world with the highest cost of living, Lisbon is ranked 88th. In absolute terms, Lisbon remains less expensive than many European capitals with regards to real estate (residential, purchase or rent), and services (restaurants, hotels, bars, hairdressers, cleaners, taxis). Foodstuffs bought in supermarkets, and clothes and shoes are similar in price. In brief, things that depend on the cost of labor are still less expensive in Lisbon (and even more so in the rest of the country, except Porto, Cascais/Estoril and the Algarve). In relative terms, in relation to income, Lisbon is becoming increasingly expensive, and all the more so as income (wages and pensions) has not followed the rise in the cost of living.
Quality of Life
Among the 140 cities in the world where the quality of life is high, Lisbon has moved up from 53rd to 47th place. Its strong points are political stability, low crime rate, mild climate, transport infrastructure and services.
Sanitary Conditions
Sanitary conditions are Portugal's weak point. Healthcare structures are not at the best level and pollution is increasing.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Ressource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions
Economist Intelligence Unit

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Real estate agencies and people in general speak of T+a figure, which designates the number of bedrooms in an appartment. For example, a T1 has a living room and a bedroom. Generally, appartments are rented unfurnished. Usually, it is better to rent empty appartments, because the fact of furnishing them is often a pretext for raising the rent disproportionately, and may not be to your taste.
Normal Lease Term
3 years, renewable by tacit agreement.
Notice of leaving: 3 months.
Rental Costs
A deposit (given back when you leave the apartment) equal to 2 months' rent is required. At the beginning of the rental period, a third party is often required to stand guarantor.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Going through a rental agency may be more convenient; but the fees are often sizeable (once or twice the monthly rent).
Renting directly from a private individual is less expensive, but value for money often varies from one apartment to another.
Rental Agency Websites
In´s, for Lisbon and the surrounding area
Square, for the whole country
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Expresso online weekly
BPI bank
Jornal Ocasião online version
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
There are also apartment hotels which offer special tariffs for longer stays. See the Altishotels in Lisbon website or Hotel Santana in Porto.
For Further Information
Official Portuguese tourist website

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School System

School Level
There are five levels of education: "pré-escolar" from age 3; "básica" school (elementary) from age 6 (4 years); the "secundário" (8 years); then higher education (3 to 8 years).
International Schools
There are private educational establishments at "básico"and"secundário" level in: English, French and German. To see the list of foreign educational establishments in Lisbon, click here. For foreign establishments in the country in general, click here.

On the spot:
- most international language schools offer à la carte Portuguese lessons for foreigners.
- less flexible (the timetables are set) but more economical, the University of Lisbon has summer classes for foreigners (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Clássica de Lisboa).
For Further Information
Ministério da Educação Portuguesa

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
There is the "Serviço Nacional de Saúde" (National health service) with a national network of public hospitals, and the "Serviços de Atendimento Permanente" (permanent service units) with family doctors and specialized personnel. This service is practically free. The disadvantage is the waiting time. In some border regions, there are agreements with Spanish healthcare units (especially maternity hospitals).
International Hospitals
British Hospital
S. Louis Hospital


There are also large private hospitals, which belong to Portuguese financial/banking groups and have agreements with complementary health insurance companies: Hospital CUF Descobertas, Hospital da Luz, SAMS. The personnel speaks English and often French.

Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
Serviço Nacional de Saúde
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health

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