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Portugal

Portugal, oficialmente República Portuguesa, é um país situado no sudoeste da Europa, cujo território se situa na zona ocidental da Península Ibérica e em arquipélagos no Atlântico Norte. Possui uma área total de 92.391 km², e é a nação mais ocidental do continente europeu. O território português é delimitado a Norte e a Leste por Espanha e a Sul e Oeste pelo Oceano Atlântico, e compreende a parte continental e as regiões autónomas: os arquipélagos dos Açores e da Madeira.

Durante os séculos XV e XVI, Portugal foi uma potência mundial económica, social e cultural, constituindo-se o primeiro e o mais duradouro império colonial de amplitude global.

É hoje um país desenvolvido, economicamente próspero, social e politicamente estável e com Índice de Desenvolvimento Humano elevado. Encontra-se entre os 20 países do mundo com melhor qualidade de vida, apesar de o seu PIB per capita ser o menor entre os países da Europa Ocidental.

É membro das Nações Unidas, da NATO, da OCDE, da CPLP e da União Europeia, e um dos países fundadores da NATO, da OCDE, da Zona Euro (da União Europeia) e da EFTA. Participa em diversas missões de manutenção de paz das Nações Unidas.

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Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa), is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal.

The land within the borders of today's Portuguese Republic has been continuously settled since prehistoric times. Some of the earliest civilizations include Lusitanians and Celtic societies. Incorporation into the Roman Republic dominions took place in the 2nd century BC. The region was ruled and colonized by Germanic peoples, such as the Suebi and the Visigoths, from the 5th to the 8th century. From this era, some vestiges of the Alans were also found. The Muslim Moors arrived in the early 8th century and conquered the Christian Germanic kingdoms, eventually occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula. In the early 1100s, during the Christian Reconquista, Portugal appeared as a kingdom independent of its neighbour, the Kingdom of León and Galicia. In a little over a century, in 1249, Portugal would establish almost its entire modern-day borders by conquering territory from the Moors.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, with a global empire that included possessions in Africa, Asia and South America, Portugal was one of the world's major economic, political, and cultural powers. In the 17th century, the Portuguese Restoration War between Portugal and Spain ended the sixty year period of the Iberian Union (1580–1640). In the 19th century, armed conflict with French and Spanish invading forces and the loss of its largest territorial possession abroad, Brazil, disrupted political stability and potential economic growth. After the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution coup d'état in 1974, the ruling regime was deposed in Lisbon and the country handed over its last overseas provinces in Africa. Portugal's last overseas territory, Macau, was handed over to China in 1999.

Portugal is a developed country, has a high Human Development Index and has the 19th highest quality of life in the world, although having the lowest GDP per capita of Western European countries. It is a member of the European Union (since 1986) and the United Nations (since 1955); as well as a founding member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (Community of Portuguese Language Countries, CPLP), and the European Union's Eurozone. Portugal is also a Schengen state. According to the Global Peace Index, Portugal is the 7th most peaceful country in the world.

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