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Social Care and Pensions in Portugal

Social Care and Pensions in Portugal Medical Care and Social Insurance Before we raise a question of pensions in Portugal, let’s talk about social insurance in general. Once you have your registration certificate, you may register with your local health centre, and receive free state healthcare. You must obtain a National Health Care Service “User Card” in order to take advantage of the free public healthcare system....

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Transportation in Portugal

Transportation in Portugal Driving in Portugal Choosing a car as a mean of transportation in Portugal can be quite safe, as alcohol levels permitted are up to 0.05% and the penalties for exceeding this are severe. Hence you don’t usually see many drunk-drivers. Beware the priority from the right rule, and watch out at roundabouts as the Portuguese signalling is not always what we expect. To get a flavour of...

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Social Life in Portugal

Social Life in Portugal Language Portuguese is practically universal in Portugal, but there are some special dialects. Nonetheless it helps greatly with establishing a social life in Portugal to learn at least a few words in Portuguese. The Southern and Central dialects: these include the dialect of the capital, Lisbon, which however has some peculiarities of its own. Although the dialects of the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores...

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Buying a House in Portugal

Buying a House in Portugal If you consider buying a house in Portugal, you’ll do well to know that since it is a popular tourist destination, cost of living there may be a bit high in the season. It also reflects on the property prices. Buying a House in Portugal There are no restrictions to buying a house in Portugal and the process is not difficult. Once you have found a property, hire a lawyer and he or she...

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Moving to Portugal from UK

Moving to Portugal from UK Customs Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities do apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton moving to Portugal from UK. There are no restrictions on the amount of currency you may bring in; medication must be for personal use only. Alcohol and tobacco are restricted. Currency...

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Moving to Portugal

Moving to Portugal “Half the World belongs to Portugal” One fun fact that sets you in the right mindframe when moving to Portugal is this: In 1495, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed – this gave the eastern half of the New World to Portugal. It included Brazil – and China. Portuguese is still the national language of Brazil. And Portugal and England have the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world, signed in 1373, and still in force today....

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Health Care In Portugal For Expats

Have you recently moved to Portugal? Are you planning to move there? You will need to know all about health care in Portugal for expats and long-term visitors. This guide should help you understand the local health system. Who qualifies for health care services? If you are a legal resident in Portugal, you immediately qualify for the National Health Care System (SNS). The charges incurred when you resort to clinics are low, and...

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How to Find Schools in Portugal

If you are moving to Portugal with your children, you will want to have them registered in the Portuguese education system as soon as possible. Find schools in Portugal for children of all ages with this helpful guide created by VanOne. Educational tiers for all ages: Jardim de Infância (Kindergarten): three to five years old Ensino Básico (‘basic’ or primary education): six to fifteen years old Ensino...

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