Portugal: The football capital

Portugal: The football capital

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa) is a sovereign state in western Europe, it comprises of the continental part of Portugal on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the small archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.

The most western European state is only bordered by one other country: Spain, in north and north east. Portugal shares a maritime border with Morocco.

Portugal covers an area of 92,090 km², compared it is slightly smaller than Hungary (93,028 km²), or the U.S. state of Indiana.

The country has a population of 10.3 million people (2015); capital and largest city is Lisbon with about 550,000 inhabitants. Official language is Portuguese.

The Portugese Education system

Education in Portugal is free and compulsory until the age of 18, when students complete their year 12. The education is regulated by the State through the Ministry of Education. There is a system of public education and also many private schools at all levels of education. The first Portuguese medieval universities, such as the University of Coimbra, were created in the 13th century, and the national higher education system is fully integrated into the European Higher Education Area.

The basic literacy rate of the Portuguese population is 99.44 (99.48 % male, 99.38 % female, aged 15-24).[1] According to INE (Portuguese Institute for National Statistics), only 3.7 million Portuguese workers (67% of the working active population) completed basic education (81% of the working population attained the lower basic level of education and 12% attained the intermediate level of education).

According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015, the average Portuguese 15-year-old student, when rated in terms of reading literacy, mathematics and science knowledge, is placed significantly above the OECD's average, at a similar level as those students from Norway, Poland, Denmark and Belgium, with 501 points (493 is the average). The PISA results of the Portuguese students have been continuously improving, surpassing those of a number of other highly developed western countries like the US, Austria, France and Sweden.

Opportunities for academic job aspirants:

Portugal has two main systems of higher education: The university system, which is the oldest, has its origins in the 13th century. It is composed of thirteen public universities, one public university institute, a public open university, and several private universities and university institutes, summing a total of thirteen major universities.

Average incentives for Academics:

The national average salary for a Professor is 43,000 Euros in Poland. A person working in Teaching / Education in Poland typically earns around 18,800 PLN per month. Salaries range from 10,000 Euros (lowest average) to 48,000 Euros (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher). This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.

Why should you choose Portugal?

A good year-round climate, fantastic beaches a short distance from the capital, great food, high quality of life and low living costs are just some of the reasons people move to Portugal. There are also a number of successful tax incentives that Global citizens can benefit from in Portugal

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