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Introduction:

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 Brazil, its wealthiest colony, 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.

 

Portugal Flag
Flag

Portugal Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
10,355,493 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Europe
Area:
total= 92,090 sq km

Government:
Republic; Parliamentary Democracy
Capital:
Lisbon

Internet Code:
.pt

Airports:
64 (2013)

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Portugal Locater
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Portugal Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
PORTUGAL
Mission/Frame: ISS015-E-13469
Spacecraft Altitude: 177 nautical miles (328 km)
Features:
TAGUS RIVER ESTUARY, LISBON

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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