The Portuguese are gracious and friendly, known by their hospitality, welcoming all visitors regardless of where they come from.
Portugal, in common with other Western European countries, began the development of state social security measures in the late 1940s; although it was not till 1971 that the Government assumed responsibility for providing healthcare services to the population. The NHS was established as a universal, tax financed system in 1979.
Portugal is the 5th most peaceful country in the world out of a sample of 163 countries (Global Peace Index 2016).
Nevertheless, we advise you to exercise normal safety precautions. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviou's, as you would in your country.
A large part of population speaks foreign languages, specifically English.
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The food in Portugal is a closely kept secret. Portuguese cuisine has everything to please even the most discerning palate because it is based on genuine quality of freshly picked products, cooked according to traditional recipes or to the most innovative and unusual trends. We might say that Portuguese cuisine hinges around into five icons. Let’s start with the fish from our extensive Atlantic coast, the best fish in the world in the opinion of many renowned international chefs.
Portugal is a multi-ethnic/religious country, and a harmonious relationship exists between all groups. Best advice is not to carry too much cash or too many valuables. Portugal is rarely a dangerous place for women travelers our other genders, age or religion. In Portugal everybody has the right to be provided care in a public hospital, particularly if one was a victim of a crime. The health system is a public one but, even so, users have to pay a fee that varies according to their situation (whether the patient is from an European Union country or not, whether the patient contributes to the social security system, etc).
The Portuguese are friendly people and will always welcome you and try to make you feel at home. Portuguese culture has been greatly influenced by the dominance of the Catholic Church and the traditional Christian values. This influence is still reflected in modern Portuguese society. The Portuguese people are traditional and conservative. They don't easily accept innovation and radical changes both in the community and the family. Life in Portugal revolves around the family and even in the 21st century, some traditions and ways of life remain unchanged, especially in rural areas.