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Portuguese in the World


Portuguese Language in the World

But no adventure is complete without learning to speak the language. Approximately 250 million people worldwide currently speak Portuguese. It is the official language of Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, the Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. It's also one of the official languages of Timor-East and of the special administrative region of Macau in China. As the result of expansion during colonial times, Portuguese speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India and in Malacca in Malaysia.

Did you know that the number of Internet users using Portuguese online increased 990% between 2000 and 2011? And did you know that it is estimated that in 2050 there will be 335 million people speaking Portuguese? In fact, Portuguese language is rapidly increasing from Brazil to Angola for both business and leisure purposes. In such a competitive world, Portuguese will unquestionably be an invaluable advantage. Portuguese is a truly worldwide language.

Be a part of this number, be a Portuguese speaker! Lisbon is waiting for YOU and the PORTUGUESE CONNECTION Language School is waiting TOO!

With my language I see the sea, Vergílio Ferreira

About Portugal and the Portuguese. Did you know...?

  • 1 - Portugal is the oldest country in Europe.
  • 2 - Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery.
  • 3 - Lisbon was practically destroyed on 1st November 1755 when a massive earthquake tipping the Richter scale at 8.9 took the lives of thousands people and could be felt as far away as Scotland and Norway.
  • 4 - Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world.
  • 5 - Since its beginnings, Portugal has always been a wine country. It exports the fifth highest quantity worldwide, including White, Red, Rose, Sparkling, Port, Madeira and Moscatel. There are over 170 wineries organized into 14 regions.
  • 6 - Portugal has the longest bridge in Europe (named The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, with a length of 17,345 metres).
  • 7 - Portugal is one of the world’s top surfing spots.
  • 8 - Portuguese Fado was classified as world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
  • 9 - The Portuguese eat more seafood per capita than any other country.
  • 10 - The climate of Portugal is acknowledged to be the hottest in Europe (nearly 3,000 sunny hours per year).