GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION

Europe,South of Europe,Portugal is located in the South of Europe

Geographical Location:

Portugal is geographically placed for easy access to all members of the EEC and a springboard to the Americas from Portugal’s Atlantic coastline.

Portugal is located in the extreme southwest of Europe and includes the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. On the European continent, the Portuguese territory covers an area of 88,889 km2 (with 218 km wide and 561 km long, 1,793km of Atlantic coastline and 1215 km of land border with Spain). Portugal has a unique and strategic location. "Ends of the Earth"

Portugal’s unique location, along the West Coast of Europe, is very close to the time zones of countries like Russia and the US, facilitating business whether you go West or East.

Key facts about Portugal’s location:

·        Nearest European country to the American continent time zones       

·        3 hours from Brazilian, Argentine and Russian time zones

·        Same time zone as UK and Ireland

The Portuguese market is far larger than it may initially appear. It has 10.6 million people on the mainland and in Madeira and Azores islands, but it is also a gateway to a market of about 250 million people in the Portuguese speaking countries.

Portuguese is the 5th most widely spoken language in the world shared by the CPLP (Portuguese Speaking Countries Community) countries like Brazil (one of the BRIC countries), Angola (one of the fastest growing economies), Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and East Timor.

Portugal also provides an excellent entry point or first test-market, for any foreign company looking for access to the European Union.