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

"Expats in Portugal may find it difficult to adjust to the slower pace of life as well as the more relaxed attitude towards timeliness and deadlines. Language can also present a challenge for expats, as Portuguese is the predominant language and English is not always widely spoken. Other cultural adaptation issues for expats can include understanding the subtleties of local customs and etiquette, such as taking the time to greet others prior to engaging in a conversation or conducting business. Portuguese culture is also very family-oriented, so expats may find it difficult to transition to the longer working hours and different expectations for childcare," wrote a member who made the move to Portugal.

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"The bureaucracy is frustrating at times but eventually as your life chills out so does your reaction. You have to just roll with it sometimes and be patient. Leave lots of time for health, financial related issues," explained one expat living in Tavira , Portugal.

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