EDUCATION & HEALTH

Universities in Europe,High educatinon Levels,International Schools

Portugal is within a couple of hours flying time of some of the finest Universities in Europe. But between 1976 and 2001, the number of students enrolled in Portuguese Universities grew faster than in any other European Union country, increasing by an annual average of almost 6% compared no nearly 3% for the pre-enlargement EU (of 15 countries). 

Portugal has now 35% of its 20 year-old youngsters enrolled in higher education levels. Public policies are investing additional 100 million euro to qualify the current workforce, stimulating the upgrade of their qualifications to the highest levels. Public policies and incentives are also encouraging companies to hire  PhD graduates.

Various steps have been taken to upgrade the academic and professional experience of the Portuguese workforce over the years. Consequently, Portugal has increased the age of obligatory schooling and developed a program of international cooperation between top-level international schools and Portuguese universities.

Scientific work has also been boosted. Portuguese institutions now produce more than 7,000 scientific papers a year compared with only a couple of hundred in 1981. In 2001. Portugal joined the restricted group of “countries of excellence” that contribute to the top 1% of the world’s most highly cited scientific publications.

Portugal has today a strong pool of workforce with high level of education in a wide range of fields, especially in Business and Administration, with high motivation and adaptability. Although we have a highly qualified and motivated workforce, our wages continue to be competitive when compared to various other EU countries.

The Portuguese workforce is particularly "language skilled". Forty-two per cent of the population can hold a conversation in, at least, one foreign language and 23% can do it in at least 2 languages. The most widely spoken language in the country is English followed by French and Spanish.

Key facts: 

            Growing number of students enrolled in Portuguese Universities

            Measures in place to keep upgrading qualifications of Portuguese workforce

            High skilled and motivated workforce with competitive wages

            Language skilled workforce

 

Hospitals & Health;

For those who are planning to permanently move to Portugal and live as European Union residents, there is free basic health care within the health system of Portugal including free appointments with doctors, as well as free medicines. If you are working in Portugal and you are paying for the social security system, you are automatically entitled for free treatments across Portugal’s medical spectrum. However, you should remember that non-essential medicines are not given for free. You will be paying from forty to about a hundred percent of the cost. Since most of the pharmacies in Portugal are managed by qualified chemists, a lot of medicines can easily be obtained over the counter without any prescriptions from the doctor. This somehow makes your life easier unlike other systems where the prescription of the doctor is mandatory.

Importantly, Portugal is known for its healthy climate and clean air. The pure air is superior to that of most industrialized countries and the capital Lisbon has superior air quality to many of the major world cities including Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Madrid,. Rome, and is vastly superior to that of Shanghai and Beijing as the list below demonstrates:

Lisbon: 35.72 Washington DC: 36.21 San Diego: 38.10 Oporto: 39.00 Los Angeles: 50.00 London: 51.00 NYC: 54.17 Paris: 56.67 Madrid: 67.50 Dallas: 75.00 Rome: 77.08 Shanghai: 87.50 Beijing: 93.42

Health expenditures:

10.4% of GDP (2011)

Country comparison to the world: 21

Physician’s density:

3.76 physicians/1,000 population (2009)

Hospital bed density:

3.4 beds/1,000 population (2010)