Expat Guide to Living in Portugal
Whether you're already living in Portugal or preparing to move to Portugal, our Expat Guide to Living in Portugal offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Portugal. For answers to specific questions, visit our Portugal Forum to talk with expats in Portugal.
Expats in Portugal discuss the pros and cons of living in Portugal. Topics covered include where to live, the bureaucracy, the people and more. Expats in Portugal seem to all agree that their little piece of paradise is still in many ways a hidden gem.
Expats moving to Portugal are drawn by a variety of places to live, a rich history and so much more. Here are some tips on what it means to move there, and how to make it happen.
Expats living in Portugal discuss health insurance options for expats in Portugal, the health letter needed for a residency application, pre-existing conditions, the cost of health insurance in Portugal and more.
Expats in Portugal live in a country with a health system designed to provide universal coverage. Susan Stults Korthase offers information about how the system fared in a recent international survey about European health systems.
An expat in Peniche, Portugal talks about moving to Peniche and the culture shock he experienced. He never experienced "shock" as such. However, little things, experienced over months and months, seeped in and made him realized the cultural differences.
An expat who moved to Cascais, Portugal has enjoys the kind, helpful and genuinely friendly Portuguese people. And, he appreciates the beautiful and, mainly, pristine beaches, forests, villages, towns, rivers and ocean.
An expat living in Lisbon offers advice to others moving to Portugal about learning Portuguese, meeting people and enjoying expat life in Lisbon.
An expat in Cascais, Portugal talks about life in the casual, yet chic coastal town of Cascais. Locals are very accepting of most foreigners. If you're thinking of moving there, spend some time there before making the move.
One expat couple fell in love with Cascais, Portugal while touring Portugal. They love the generally reliably nice weather, pristine beaches, restaurants all over the narrow streets and squares as well as along the pedestrian esplanade along the ocean.
An expat who recently retired to the beautiful coastal town of Cascais, Portugal details how she made it happen. If you want to know how to retire to Europe, and where to start your journey, this is a great place to begin!
More Culture Shock Reports for Portugal
Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Portugal handle it can be very comforting. Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
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More Living in Portugal Reports
What are people's priorities in Portugal - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
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More Moving to Portugal Reports
What should you take with you when you move to Portugal? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Portugal? Below are some of the responses from expats in Portugal:
Reviews of Schools in Portugal
Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Portugal. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Portugal:
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Dream vs. Reality Report
Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Portugal. If you are already living in Portugal, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.
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Submit a Retire Abroad Report
Retiring in Portugal Reports
Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Portugal, by filling out our Overseas Retirement report. Below are some of the reports from expats in Portugal:
Working Abroad Report
What's it like to find a job in Portugal? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Portugal? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.
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5 Tips for Living in Lisbon, Portugal
Expats living in Lisbon, Portugal enjoy a historic cross-roads that has become an economic hub in Western Europe. Expats from all over the world enjoy the Mediterranean climate and diversity of people and culture.
5 Tips for Living in Cascais, Portugal
Expats in the beautiful seaside city of Cascais, Portugal discuss how they chose to move to Cascais. They share information about expat life in Cascais - cost of living, international schools, housing and more.