October 28, 2009

Socialists Win Second Term

The results of Sunday's general election in Portugal saw the Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates win a second term, though his centre-left party lost its absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament.

The Socialists won roughly 37% of the vote, compared with 45% in the 2005 poll. Turnout was low as the Socialists held on to 96 seats, down from 121 in the previous general election.

Unemployment and debt are both high in Portugal with 9.1% of the workforce out of a job and the national debt at around 5.9% of gross domestic product.

Leftists had strong gains, rising to around 10% of the vote.

Socrates has proposed a number of big-spending infrastructure projects, including a high-speed rail link to Spain and a new Lisbon airport to stimulate the moribund Portuguese economy.

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October 11, 2009

Zambujeira do Mar

Zambujeira do Mar in Alentejo is located on the Atlantic Coast south of Lisbon. The small fishing village, with a population of less than 1000, hosts the annual 4-day rock Festival Sudoeste in early August.

Zambujeira do Mar

Zambujeira do Mar is known for its mild winters and natural setting as it is situated in a national park known for its birds. The wild deserted beaches are excellent for surfing.

There's a turismo on the main street (Tel: 283 961 144). There are bus connections to Lisbon (just less than 4 hours), Vila Nova (45 mins), Beja (3 hours) and Odemira (40 minutes).

Book accommodation in Zambujeira do Mar.

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October 8, 2009

Portuguese Language Map

The Portuguese language is spoken by around 188 million people in 31 countries and territories around the world. Click on the map to expand it.

Portuguese Language Map

The wide geographical spread of Portuguese reflects the colonial expansion of Portugal in the 15th-18th centuries.

Brazil, a Portuguese colony until 1822, has the largest number of Portuguese speakers followed by Portugal itself. Portuguese is also the official language of Mozambique, however only around 8% of the population, use Portuguese as their first language. Portuguese is also used in India, Canada, France, Paraguay, South Africa, and the United States.

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October 3, 2009

Portugal Population Map

These new maps from Worldmapper graphically show the population density of Portugal.

The largest bulge is around the capital Lisbon and the second city, Porto, to the north. The gray areas represent areas of low population density.

The total population of Portugal was estimated in 2008 at 10,676,910.

Click on the map to enlarge it.


Portugal Population Map

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