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Portugal is located in Europe, it covers 91,470 square kilometers and 620 square kilometers of water. Portugal became or emerged as a country in 1143. The population of Portugal is 10,610,486. Portugal’s history can be traced back to 1000 BCE to the Phoenicians, the seafaring people who settled in the southern coast. Portugal has been colonized by Celtic tribes, Romans Vandals, Visigoths and Arabs. Portugal led the world in exploration primarily to find a sea route to India which held a monopoly in the profitable spice trade. Portugal went on to establish many colonies and create its own copyright. Brazil was discovered in 1500 and became Portugal’s richest colony. Portugal also happens to be where famous Soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is from; he is said to have been the highest paid soccer player of all time from Portugal. Portugal is separated by the Tagus River, which goes through the rugged north from the rolling plains in the south. The landscape is an extension of the mountains of the Iberian Peninsula forested and intersected by deep valleys. 3 Seismic waves raced …show more content…

According to the constitution of 1976, Portugal’s chief of state is the President of the Republic, who was specifically elected for a five- year term. The President represents the nation, serves as commander in chief of the Armed Forces, appoints the Prime Minster and convenes or dissolves parliament as necessary. The government is lead by the Prime Minister, who appoints the Council of Minister. Today, the President of the Republic is Anlbal Cavaco Silva and the Prime Minster is Dr. Pedro Passos Coelho. A large part of Portuguese population is concentrated along the coast. The population begins to thin out from west to east and from north to south, while the interior areas register low rates of occupation. Traditionally a country of emigration about 5 million people of Portuguese origin live outside

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