Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in Portugal requires more than just the obvious Portuguese CV writing and translation, it requires thorough preparation. You will experience problems that probably did not even come to your mind when you decided to find jobs in Portugal.
Do not take too lightly the influence a job in Portugal can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, unfamiliar candidate selection criteria and extraordinary management culture.
Most visits to Portugal are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Time: GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Telephone country code: 351
Internet country code: .pt
Annual vacation: Majority of Portuguese take annual vacations during school holidays.
- Shrove / Carneval holidays – between Feb 23 and Feb 25
- Easter holidays – between Apr 6 and Apr 13
- Summer holidays – between Jun 200 and Sep 13
- Christmas holidays - between Dec 21 and Jan 3 of next year
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 24 Feb - Mardi Gras (Carnival)
- 10-13 Apr - Easter
- 25 Apr - Freedom Day
- 1 May - Labor Day
- 10 Jun - Portugal Day
- 11 Jun - Corpus Christi
- 15 Aug - Assumption
- 5 Oct - Republic Day
- 1 Nov - All Saints' Day
- 1 Dec - Restoration of Independence Day
- 8 Dec - Immaculate Conception
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- Offices - usually Mon to Fri 09:00 – 12:30 pm and 14:00 to 18:00
- Banks - Generally, Mon to Fri 08:30-15:00 (certain banks in Lisbon are open until 18:00).
- Post office – Monday to Friday 08:30 – 18:30 pm
- Stores - Generally Mon to Fri 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00, Sat 09:00-13:00. Shopping centers are usually open Mon to Sun 10:00-22:00.
Background: Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of its wealthiest colony of Brazil in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986
Climate: maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south
Ethnic groups: homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal
Languages: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official - but locally used). English is widely spoken within the business community.
Other Portugal Information
We hope that your Portugal job search has been successful and you are geting your Portugal visa. So, if your Portugal cover letter and Portugal CV are ready, you may email them to your prospective employers and start preparing for a Portugal job interview.
Good luck with your Portugal information!
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