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Cost of Living in Portugal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Portugal? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Portugal talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

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Is the cost of living in Portugal high?

We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Portugal, they wrote:

"I think one could live quite well, everything included, for around $3000 per month, and if one were to budget a bit, probably even less than that," said another person in Cascais.

"The minimum required by the governs $550/mo. That is about what the average Portuguese makes. More than that, and you can have a very. Ice lifestyle," remarked another expat in Tavira .

"At this point, I'm thinking $1500-$2000 per month will be plenty. I'm still buying things for my apartment so don't have a really good sense of how much I will consistently spend," explained one expat living in Cascais.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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