Communications in Portugal

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Official Language
In Portugal, the national language is Portuguese.
Other Languages Spoken
Spanish, French and English are the foreign languages best known and used in business relations.
Business Language
According to the age of your contact: under 40 the Portuguese person will speak English. If your contact is over 40, he will probably speak French.
Spanish is gaining ground.
Getting Some Knowledge
The travlang website can help you for information in Portuguese.
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Quality of Communications
Means of communication in Portugal are well developed and cover the whole country. On the other hand, using mobile phones or Internet can be difficult in some regions of the center of the country.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Portugal, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Portugal, Dial +351
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
9 digits : the regional code (2 or 3 digits) + number (respectively 7 or 6 digits). The total number of digits remains invariably 9.
Mobile Telephone Standards
National Mobile Phone Operators
Vodaphone, TMN ( Portugal Telecom Group), Optimus (Sonae and France Telecom Group), Phone-IX (Portuguese Post)

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Sapo, Netcabo, Clix, Optimus/kanguru, Vodafone
Access in Public Places
Besides cybercafés which are found everywhere, Internet access is available in Town Halls, in large shopping malls, tourist offices, and libraries (free or charged). Wifi access is also available in Lisbon and Porto in parks and public gardens prepared for it. Access is easy even in small towns.
Access in Hotels
In the country's main cities (Lisbon, Porto, Evora, Faro and Coimbra) hotels are already equipped. In the rest of the country, it depends on the category of accommodation. The "pousadas", for example, provide Internet access even when they are out in the countryside.

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