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Portugal’s Dictatorship: Salazar’s Estado Novo

If you have Portuguese ancestors or have traveled to the country many times, it's almost impossible never to have heard of Salazar. Antonio de...

5 Books To Better Understand Portuguese Culture

Recently, Portugal has gone from being a country known by few to one with a place in the limelight, both in tourism and as...

6 Best Portuguese Shows and Movies

Portugal might not be as known for the popular scene of France or Italy, but it also has a well-established film industry that is...

New Year’s Traditions in Portugal

New Year's Eve looks different all over the globe. In Brazil, people dress up in white and party the night away. In the United...

Christmas Traditions in Portugal

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in Portugal, one that has become more cultural than religious. Christmas traditions in Portugal have been for many...

6 Facts About Portuguese Goalkeeper Diogo Costa

Diogo Costa's journey toward his main goal of becoming a successful goalkeeper started young and proved successful. At only 23 years old, he's arguably...

The Role of Women in Portuguese Fascism and in Today’s Portugal

The photograph you see in the illustration of this article is the image of two influential women in my life. My maternal grandmother and...

Celorico Da Beira, History and Cheese in Just One Place

There is no better plan for a good weekend than traveling and staying overnight in the land where Beira Alta ends and Beira Baixa...

Anglo-Portuguese Alliance: The World’s Oldest Alliance

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance is the world's oldest alliance in known history, established by the Treaty of Windsor in 1386. The Portuguese and English alliance...

Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the tragedy of the Portuguese man who saved more Jews than Oskar Schindler

From time to time, certain lands witness the birth of men whose names will remain engraved in the pages of history. Some for their...

Viriato, now a cake, but once the greatest Portuguese warrior

In Viseu, one of the oldest Portuguese cities, right next to one of its thousand and one roundabouts, visitors can admire the statue of...

9 Facts About the Portuguese Revolution of 5 October 1910

The Portuguese revolution of 5 October 1910 was the first revolution in Portugal in the 20th century. It abolished the Portuguese monarchy and replaced...

Portugal’s Great Poet, Luis de Camoes

Considered one of the Portuguese language's greatest poets, Luis de Camoes' skill has been compared to the likes of Shakespeare and Dante. The 16th-century poet...

Azorean-Americans: The Azorean Refugee Act

The first wave of Azorean immigration to the United States happened as early as 1870. Most of the Portuguese immigrants were men from the...

The Portuguese Revolution of 5 October 1910

When you think of a Portuguese revolution, the 25 of April is the most widely known. However, the Portuguese revolution of 1910, also known...

Social Etiquette in Portugal

Portugal has a distinct set of social norms and etiquette rules. To internationals, these might seem intimidating and even exaggerated. But to the Portuguese,...

Portugal National Football Team

Football has always been like a religion to the Portuguese. However, first founded in 1914, the Portugal National Football Team was not always successful....

King Manuel I of Portugal

Also known as "the Fortunate," Manuel I was the King of Portugal from 1495 to 1521. Manuel was a member of the House of...

Meaning of the Portuguese Flag

The Portuguese flag of today was designed in 1910, after the revolution that overthrew the monarchy and proclaimed a republic on October 5. To...

11 Things Portugal is Famous For

While Cristiano Ronaldo might be on top of everyone's list, Portugal is known for a variety of topics from music and food to politics....

Portugal during World War II: Was Portugal Really Neutral?

Portugal was officially neutral during World War II, but was this really the case?  At the beginning of the war, Portugal was under the...

Political Parties in Portugal

Since April 25, 1974, democracy has been instilled in Portugal, a year after the Carnation Revolution that ended the authoritarian regime. The Constitutional Assembly...

April 25th Revolution

What was the April 25 Revolution in Portugal? The April 25th Revolution, also known as the Carnation Revolution, was a military coup that occurred in...

Ferdinand Magellan

Known as Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese, Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who is best known for having accomplished the first circumnavigation of...

Salgueiro Maia

Who was Salgueiro Maia? Fernando José Salgueiro Maia was a Portuguese military man who is considered one of the symbols of the Carnation Revolution. He...

Women’s Rights in Portugal

Women's rights were two words never truly uttered prior to the Carnation Revolution of 1974. The aftermath of the 25 of April and the...

Henry the Navigator

Henrique of Portugal, the Duke of Viseu, and Lord of Covilhã, better known as Prince Henry the Navigator or ‘The Prince of Sagres’ was...

Great Lisbon Earthquake: What Happened at the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake

On the morning of November 1st, 1755 at 9:40, the Great Lisbon earthquake hit Portugal, as well as other parts of the Iberian Peninsula...

16 Interesting Facts About Cristiano Ronaldo

Born and bred in Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous person to come out of Portugal, as well as the most followed person...

17 Fun Facts About Portugal That Will Shock You

Portugal is famous for its culturally rich history, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fado, as well as delicious wine and food, but there's so much most don't...
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