A beautiful country with an attractive investment climate
Portugal is not only a paradise for retired north-European people
Without a doubt, Portugal offers one of the best quality of life of all European countries. Many people already understood this and this is why large numbers of people, including English, Irish Canadians, Dutch and Germans, already bought their second and sometimes even their first residence here.
Portugal has become true paradise for retired Europeans over time. That is why Portugal is often called the Florida of Europe.
Portugal has signed a treaty with most European countries, which prevents double valuation. This means that if you stay in Portugal for more than 6 months a year, you can be exempt from the taxes that you would have to pay on income in your home country such as your pension.
Portugal offers an outstanding quality of life
But retired Europeans do not just choose Portugal as their second home because of the tax benefits and the relatively low cost of living. Portugal is mainly chosen for the excellent quality of life offered by this country.
Portugal has a very pleasant climate. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream ensures very mild winters and warm, dry summers. From December to February the average temperature varies between 14 and 17ºC. The night temperatures rarely fall below 9ºC. While the capital city of Lisbon offers around 220 days of sunshine per year, there are more than 300 on Portugal's southern coast in the Algarve.
Even though the country is not very large, the diversity of landscapes is breathtaking. From the fertile hills in the north to the arid plains of the Alentejo region, or from vast forests and long olive groves to sandy beaches surrounded by spectacular cliffs, Portugal offers it all.
Portugal benefits from a rich historical past and a very hospitable population
Remaining historical locations from the glorious past of Portugal can be found in all parts of the country. Small chapels and large cathedrals and monasteries, castles and archaeological sites with Roman and Moorish remains from the past: the true history and culture lover will visit Portugal time and again.
Visitors often come back to Portugal and this is also due to the hospitable population. The incredible friendliness and courtesy of the Portuguese people are amazing. Even the language barrier will not prevent people from making Portuguese friends quickly. Many Portuguese speak French or English as a second language anyway. In addition, you will feel safe in Portugal: you can walk almost anywhere at any time of the day or night without worrying about safety. Portugal has one of Europe's lowest crime rates and, in addition, there is a high degree of constitutional stability and there have been no violent demonstrations of religious fundamentalism of any origin. It was no surprise for the Portuguese to be indexed as the third most peaceful country in the world (of 153 countries - Global Peace Index 2017).
Portugal has an excellent health and education system
Also ranked at a very high level is the Portugal's health system. Health infrastructures, both public and private, are of excellent quality. The Portuguese social security system is compatible with most other European social security systems and the European Health Card gives you access to the Portuguese health system.
Portugal has international schools in all major cities and the Algarve and luxury shopping centers. Stores of almost every main brand can be found in the larger cities and also the Algarve. Portugal also offers many recreational facilities ranging from national parks with walking centers, highly sought after golf courses, large football stadiums and many cultural centers and events.
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