Portugal: 50 True facts about Portugal Portugal: 50 True facts about Portugal
Portugal has the fascinating history full of stories and interesting moments that can be felt all throughout the country and Portugal has so much to... Portugal: 50 True facts about Portugal

Portugal has the fascinating history full of stories and interesting moments that can be felt all throughout the country and Portugal has so much to discover. We gather a list of some true and interesting facts about Portugal and its history.

  1. Zoomarine park is the only place in whole Europe that you can interact with dolphins, is in Portugal.
  2. The University of Coimbra is the oldest universities in the world located in Lisbon.
  3. The total area of Portugal is 92,090 sq km.
  4. The Tagus is Iberia is the largest river in Portugal
  5. Women in Portugal live longer than men.
  6. Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer, was the first European to reach India by sea.
  7. The world record for the largest Santa Claus parade is held in Portugal.
  8. The world record for the largest omelet belongs to Portugal.
  9. The VASCO DA GAMA BRIDGE in Lisbon (Portugal) is the longest bridge in Europe.
  10. The pre-paid mobile phone card and green lane toll pay system are Portuguese inventions.
    The pre-paid mobile phone card and green lane toll pay system are Portuguese inventions.
  11. The Portuguese invented Piri-Piri sauce.
  12. Lisbon is older than Rome.
  13. Portugal is one of the world’s top surf spots.
  14. The Portuguese are the number one consumers of fish and shellfish.
  15. The Portuguese Republic is the official name of the Portugal.
  16. Portugal is home to world’s largest Solar Energy plant.
  17. Lisbon runs the largest Casino in Europe named Casino do Estoril.
  18. The official currency of Portugal is Euro.
  19. The largest community of Portuguese outside Portugal is in Paris.
  20. Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world.
    Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world.
  21. Portugal is the 11th largest wine producer in the world.
  22. The largest artificial underwater park in the world is in Portugal.
  23. The country’s national drink is wine.
  24. The capital city of Portugal is Lisbon.
  25. Portugal is the world’s seventeen safest country.
  26. The Algarve is one of the best places to visit in Portugal.
  27. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Portugal on May 31, 2010.
  28. Portuguese is the national language of Portugal.
  29. Portugal was founded in 1128, which makes it one of the oldest country in Europe.
  30. Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world.
    Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world.
  31. Portugal is the world leader in the production of renewable energy.
  32. Portugal is named after its second largest city, Porto.
  33. Portugal is home to one of the most advanced ATM systems in the world with more than 60 operations.
  34. Portugal has world’s largest dining table set.
  35. Portugal was the one of the first to have fingerprints on identity cards.
  36. Pepper, Chili, tomatoes, and potatoes were familiarized by the Portuguese to India.
  37. It is illegal to urinate in the ocean in Portugal.
  38. Lisbon was struck by one of the most powerful earthquakes in European history in 1755.
  39. Jose Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998.
    Jose Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998.
  40. In Portugal, there are fifteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  41. In 1761, Portugal became the first colonial power to abolish slavery.
  42. Gil Vicent was the first Portuguese playwright and also called the father of Portuguese theater.
  43. Fado is Portugal’s national music.
  44. Christiano Ronaldo is world famous footballer was born in Santo António, Portugal in 1985.
  45. Bertrand bookshop, located in Lisbon (Portugal) is the oldest operating bookshop.
  46. “Ar de Rock” by Rui Veloso was the first popular Portuguese rock song released in 1980.
  47. Portugal invented the pirate code in the 17th century.
  48. Viriathus is the first National Hero of Portugal.
  49. The biggest wave ever surfed was in Portugal in October 2011.

The biggest wave ever surfed was in Portugal in October 2011.

 

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