Live and work in Portugal

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German Social Media Management, big online video platform – Lisbon
Portugal

Are you ready to enjoy the beautiful coastline in Lisbon, and boost your CV? We are looking for a German speaking social media manager for a popular social media platform.

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English Merchandiser, luxury online shopping- Lisbon
Portugal

Do you speak English fluently and are you dreaming of working and living in Portugal? We have a job opening as a Merchandiser for a luxury e-commerce brand. Reach out now and apply today!

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German Customer Support, fitness and leisure – Madeira
Portugal

Are you ready to enjoy the beautiful nature on Madeira, and boost your CV, happiness, and tan? We are looking for a German speaking customer support agent for a fitness and leisure company.

Currency

The Euro (€) has been the official currency in Portugal since 2002

Famous people

Some notable Portuguese people are Christiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho and Bernardo Silva

Population

Portugal has a population of ~10.3 million people, many living in Lisbon

Typical food

Pastel de nata (custard tart), Polvo à Lagareiro (octopus and potatoes), Arroz de pato (duck rice), arroz doce (rice pudding)

Avg. working week

Portugal has a 40 hour work week, 8 hours daily spread over 5 days a week

Location

Portugal is located in the southwest of Europe and borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean

Languages

The official language is Portuguese, and they use latin script

Healthcare

Portuguese healthcare is generelly good and many services are free for its legal residents

What you need to know about living and working in Portugal

Portugal has beautiful coastal towns facing the Atlantic Ocean, breathtaking landscapes, hiking trails as well as a traditional cuisine beyond the usual. If you choose to work in Portugal, you will have endless options of exciting activities in your free time. This also includes exploring the local culture and delicious meals with everything good from the sea.

There are quite a lot of jobs within IT support, customer service and tourism. Due to the large amount of jobs in Lisbon, it’s a city that has been increasing its popularity and it has a growing international environment. If you need a fresh breath of air and new experiences in a country with 250 days of sunshine per year, you should take a closer look at Portugal.

Working in Portugal

If you get a job in Portugal, you will quickly learn that courtesy is highly valued. The culture can therefore seem a bit formal. It is common to exchange business cards and address each other with professional titles. Handshakes are usually given, and if you know each other, you can give kisses on the cheeks.

In contrast to the formal meetings are the more casual business dinners, which are about building relationships and getting to know each other. Here it’s important not to force a negotiation situation – it is the social aspect that is of interest.

Decisions are often made at a fairly high level hierarchically speaking, and it is therefore important to bring the right decision-makers to meetings and negotiations. Especially in larger companies, the decision makers are usually good at English and you can generally get far with good business English.

Taxes in Portugal

Before starting earning money in Portugal you need to register in the tax office near you by filling in this form. If you’re living in Portugal for more than 183 days, you’re considered a resident and you need to pay for your worldwide income with a progressive tax rate that goes from 14.5% to 48%. If you stay for a shorter amount of time you only need to pay for the Portuguese sourced income – as a foreigner this is a tax rate of 20%.

However, there are several benefits for foreigners with the Non-Habitual Residency (NHR) tax codes, which provide substantial exemptions for the first 10 years of residence. You can look for further information here.

Why you should live and find a job in Portugal

Lots of hours of sunshine, good job opportunities vand development oppurtunities, and a vibrant, international environment. There are many good arguments for finding work in Portugal. If you want to know more about the possibilities, you are very welcome to contact us at Job Squad.

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Life in Portugal

Living in Portugal means enjoying the Atlantic Ocean and the golden rays of the sun. Portugal’s charm lies in its beautiful cities and idyllic coastal towns. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Lisbon, wandering through the colourful alleys of Porto, or enjoying the tranquil beauty of the Algarve, there’s a sense of tranquility and beauty at every turn. You can also visit iconic landmarks such as Belem Tower, the viewpoints of Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, and Dom Luís I Bridge spanning the Douro River. And also, the coastal town of Sintra with fairytale-like palaces and lush gardens.

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Basic facts about Portugal

Portugal has only one neighbouring country, which is Spain. To the south and west, Portugal borders the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores and Madeira archipelagos are located 1,500 and 1,000 km from the capital Lisbon. Both archipelagos are known for their amazing nature with the opportunity to dive, sail, and hike.

The country has an area of 92,000 square kilometres and is populated by approximately 10.3 million people. With just below 3 million people, Lisbon is the largest city and at the same time one of the most densely populated capitals in Europe. Portugal is predominantly Catholic, but there are large variations in the different regions. There are most Catholics in the north.

Live in Portugal and feel their culture

The Portuguese people are very centred around family, and it is not unusual to see several generations gathered under one roof. Community and social activities are paramount, and this is also seen in Portugal’s distinctive café culture. From early morning to late evening, there is life in the streets – in the morning a cup of coffee may be enjoyed at the sidewalk cafes, and in the evening you gather around the TV screens of the places and watch a football match with great enthusiasm.

Football is the biggest sport in Portugal, and the world’s most famous Portuguese player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the most important figures in football history. Likewise, Portugal has one of the world’s best national teams. Like their neighbours in Spain, the Portuguese people are passionate about sports, and you are guaranteed some fantastic experiences from a stay in Portugal.

Enjoy seafood in Portuguese restaurants

The long coastline is a blessing for Portuguese cuisine where the fantastic ingredients from the Atlantic Ocean are enjoyed. In addition, many dishes contain cattle, pigs, goats and lambs, and the mild climate results in plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. They often season their dishes with garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs, and the cooking generally focuses on fresh and local ingredients.

Did you know that Portugal is one of the only places in Europe with rice fields? Therefore, of course, they also eat a lot of rice. Besides rice, potatoes are also widely used in cooking.

How to find housing and work in Portugal

It is popular for foreigners to live and work in Portugal, and therefore there are a number of websites and Facebook groups focusing on temporary housing. In Lisbon, it can be more difficult to find a temporary rental home, so it is a good idea to start searching before you move.

In Portuguese companies there are many jobs within IT support and customer service, which are jobs in a social environment – and with others in the same situation as you. Compared to Spain, which has been hit hard by high unemployment in recent years, opportunities are better in Portugal.

The cost of living is significantly lower than in e.g. northern countries, and you can therefore also easily manage with a lower salary. The rent is also lower than in most other European cities, and you can therefore look forward to having good opportunities for enjoying lots of local food and getting new experiences at manageable prices.

Where to learn Portuguese?

If you are charmed by the Portuguese people and have decided to stay in Portugal longer than expected, we recommend you to learn the language. This way you can understand their traditions and customs much better, and you’ll experience getting treated even more welcoming – maybe even with discounts and advantages at various places. There are several courses, online and in-site where you can learn Portuguese, you can find them on this site. You can also download free language apps on your phone, like Duolingo.

Still not convinced about Portugal?

Portugal offers a wonderful overall experience for visitors and residents alike. The country is known for its stunning natural beauty, with picturesque coastlines, charming villages, and lush landscapes. The rich history and culture are evident in the beautifully preserved historic sites, such as castles, palaces, and churches. 

Portuguese cuisine, with its delicious seafood, pastries, and regional specialties, is a delight for food lovers. The warm and friendly Portuguese people contribute to the welcoming atmosphere, and the relaxed pace of life allows for a more laid-back and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant cities, relaxing on the beaches, or immersing yourself in the cultural heritage, Portugal offers a memorable and fulfilling experience.

The rich and diverse culinary scene has a wide range of delicious dishes to try. Some must-try foods include bacalhau, which is salted cod prepared in various ways such as Bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with eggs and potatoes) or Bacalhau com Natas (cod with cream). Another popular dish is grilled sardines, especially during the festive season of Santo António in June

Pastéis de nata, the famous Portuguese custard tarts with a crispy pastry shell and creamy filling, are a true delight. Don’t forget to try local cheeses, chorizo, and the traditional hearty dish cozido à portuguesa, a rich meat and vegetable stew. Lastly, explore the diverse wine regions of Portugal and sample their world-renowned Port wine and Vinho Verde.

FAQ

No, as an EU citizen you do not need to apply for a work permit to work in Spain. You can read more here.

Portugal has been experiencing positive economic growth in recent years, which has led to an increase in job opportunities across various sectors. The country offers opportunities in industries such as tourism, information technology, renewable energy, finance, and services. Major cities like Lisbon and Porto are particularly attractive for job seekers, with a growing startup scene and international companies establishing their presence in Portugal. Additionally, the government has implemented measures to attract foreign investment and entrepreneurs, further contributing to job opportunities in the country.

Portugal enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by long, hot summers and mild winters. Along the coast, temperatures are moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, offering pleasant and refreshing sea breezes. Summers are typically dry and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C. Winters are mild, with average temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C. Portugal is known for its abundant sunshine, making it an ideal destination for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

The cost of living in Portugal is generally considered affordable compared to many other European countries. However, the cost of living can vary depending on the region, with Lisbon and Porto being slightly more expensive than other cities or rural areas. Rental prices for apartments and housing can vary significantly depending on the location. Groceries, dining out, and transportation costs are generally reasonable. Overall, while certain expenses such as housing and utilities may be relatively higher in major cities, Portugal offers a good balance between quality of life and cost of living.

Portugal offers an efficient and diverse public transport network. In cities like Lisbon and Porto, you can rely on metro systems, trams, buses, and taxis to get around. Inter-city travel is facilitated by trains and buses, connecting different regions of the country. Additionally, Portugal has a well-developed network of regional buses, making it convenient to explore smaller towns and rural areas.

Portugal offers a comprehensive healthcare system that provides accessible and high-quality medical care to its residents. The National Health Service (SNS) ensures universal coverage, offering a wide range of services including doctor visits, hospital care, and medications. Portugal has a well-trained and skilled healthcare workforce, modern medical facilities, and a commitment to patient well-being. Private healthcare options are also available for those who prefer additional services or faster access to care. The healthcare system in Portugal aims to promote the health and well-being of its population, ensuring that residents receive the medical attention they need.

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