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What do expats in Portugal appreciate most about the local culture?

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We asked expats and digital nomads what they appreciate the most about the local culture in Portugal. They wrote...

"Expats in Portugal appreciate the warm and hospitable culture that residents have for foreigners. They also enjoy the beautiful landscapes, world-renowned beaches, delicious seafood, and vibrant nightlife. Another highlight for expats is the relaxed lifestyle in Portugal, allowing them to enjoy an overall slower pace of life and plenty of opportunities to explore Portugal's rich cultural heritage. Additionally, many expats find the friendly locals to be very welcoming and enjoy the multi-cultural atmosphere of Portugal’s cities as different nationalities mingle, creating a unique and exciting atmosphere," remarked another expat who made the move to Portugal.

"My vastly improved diet. Without any actual effort, I’ve lost 25 pounds since I got here, which I attribute to eatting a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables and walking on cobblestoned up and downhill sidewalks. The extreme level of consideration for other people among the Portuguese. Because of an obstruction in the left venticle of my heart, I have to stop and catch my breath about every block, and I had to learn almost immediately how to say “I’m OK. I’ve got water. I just need to take a short rest before I move on,” because people stop all the time to ask," explained one expat living in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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