Portugal is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Area. It is home to 10 main ports and 6 airports, as well as one of Europe’s most developed road networks.
According to an index produced annually by International Air Transport Association (IATA), Portugal ranks 6th among all countries in the world for which citizens can travel visa-free. As of the 2016 IATA index, Portugal citizens have visa-free access to 172 countries.
Portugal is a republic with a semi-presidential representative democracy. The Portuguese monarchy was abolished on 5 October 1910, Portugal’s constitution forbids changes to its republican way of government.
Chief of state and commander in chief of the armed forces is the president, he is elected by an absolute majority vote through a two-round system.
Head of government is the prime minister, he is appointed by the president.
Portugal has a multi-party system. Members of the Portuguese Assembly are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system.
GOLDEN VISA PORTUGAL THROUGH PROPERTY INVESTMENT
The Portugal Golden Visa program has proven to be the most popular scheme in Europe with investors attracted to its flexibility and benefits. Launched in 2012 the investor visa program has been actively promoted internationally by the Portuguese government. An investment of €500,000 (or €350,000 reduced option) in real estate in Portugal will gain a residency permit for a family including dependent children. The golden visa can be renewed every two years providing the applicant spends two weeks in the country every two years.