Portugal or Portugal, officially known as the Republic of Portugal, is a country located in southwest Europe. This country lies on the westernmost mainland of Europe and holds sovereignty over the Azores and Madeira, which are autonomous regions of Portugal. Apart from the figure of Cristiano Ronaldo who became the captain of the Portuguese football team, what else is so interesting about Portugal? Here’s the review for you.
- Portuguese is the official language in 9 countries and is spoken by about 230 million people worldwide. Galician, a language spoken in northwestern Spain, is related to Portuguese. Galician is considered a dialect of Portugal (and vice versa).
- 3% of the population of France and 12% of the population of Luxembourg are of Portuguese descent. Paris is considered the second largest city because it has the largest Portuguese community.
- Nine out of ten Portuguese people convert to Roman Catholicism, making Portugal one of the most socially conservative countries in the world.
- Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, and Sao Tome. This language is also spoken in Goa (India), Timor Leste, and Macau.
- Portuguese people value and take part in various cultural activities such as art, drama, music, and dance. Many cities have museums as well as ancient monuments and buildings.
- In small towns and villages, cultural activities revolve around local folklore consisting of musical groups performing traditional songs and dances.
- Cafe culture is also considered important in Portugal. People are often seen sitting in coffee shops sipping delicious coffee.
- Portugal has a lot of interesting things in the field of architecture; the country has several palaces and ruins of old buildings from the Celtic period and Roman occupation.
- The University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest universities on the European continent.
- Portuguese folk dances include the Circle and Fandango dances (Ribatejo region).
- Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest film director from Portugal who is still working as a director at the age of 103 years.
- Each region of Portugal has its custom dishes which include meat, seafood, dried and salted cod, fresh fish, and delicious Cozido Portuguesa.
- Since the era of the Roman empire, Portugal has been a country of wine connoisseurs and winemakers. The Romans associated Portugal with their god of wine, Bacchus.
- Vinho do Douro, Vinho do Alentejo, Vinho do Dão, Vinho Verde, Rosé, and Port wines (Vinho do Porto, literally Porto wine), Madeira, Moscatel de Setúbal and Moscatel de Favaios are some of the best Portuguese wines in the world .
- Beer is also Portugal’s all-time favorite drink. Sagres and Super Bock are Portugal’s leading beer brands.
- Fatalism is an important characteristic of Portuguese culture. Fado comes from the Arabic ‘Insha Allah’ which means ‘hopefully’. Fado is also a genre of music that describes feelings of melancholy and surrender.