PORTUGAL | The beauty of simplicity

Portugal’s living standards - Portugal is one of the top three best places to live, according to Expat Insider 2022.
Moving to Portugal allows cosmopolitans to live in a warm climate by the ocean, travel freely to other EU countries, get a European education, and develop international business.

The English language - As most Portuguese people speak English, one does not need to be fluent in Portuguese to live there.
The pace of life. Portugal is suitable for those who like a relaxed pace of life. The Portuguese are not often in a rush to go somewhere.

Cost of Living - In comparison with prices in the European Union, life in Portugal is relatively inexpensive.

In Portugal you can find a beautiful country, one that combines tradition and modern life.
A place with 300 days a year of sunshine, more than any other country in Europe!
Culture, historical places recognized as World Heritage, beautiful sandy beaches and fabulous Mediterranean cuisine,
Friendly people with one of the highest English proficiency ratings.
One of the best locations to do business in the World, says the World Bank.
One of the most peaceful countries in Europe and the World, says the Institute for Economics and Peace.
Excellent direct flight connections and state-of-the-art roads and telecommunications networks.
High quality of life and moderate cost of living.

The beauty of simplicity

Portugal offers a number of residency visas and permits that allow students, entrepreneurs, retirees, and digital nomads move here. Many of these permits are considered extremely obtainable when compared to other EU countries, which is one of the reasons Portugal has become such a popular place to move to.
And, in most instances, if you live in Portugal for 5 years or more, you will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship and obtain a Portuguese passport.

Entrepreneurs: The D2 visa is aimed at entrepreneurs and independent service providers that want to start an entrepreneurial activity in Portugal. This could be anything from a guesthouse or restaurant to a larger enterprise. It’s also suitable for those that want to invest in a business or a portion of a business.
Retirees: Portugal’s D7 visa is aimed at those with a regular, and ideally passive, income from sources such as a pension, social security, rental income, or dividends. As such, it’s very popular with retirees or those with investments such as rental properties.
Digital Nomads: Portugal’s D8 or digital nomad visa is aimed at digital nomads, freelancers, and remote workers. If you have a salary from a remote job or you have a freelancing business, this visa could allow you to move to Portugal.
Employees: Portugal offers two main visas that are aimed at employees: the D1 and D3. Both require you to be either highly qualified or to have skills that employers can’t find among Portuguese or European candidates, but if you’re an exceptional employee, this could be your path to residency in Portugal.
Students: If you’re an international student from outside of the EU, you could come to Portugal to study on either the D4 or D5 visas. The D4 is aimed at students that want to study for at least a year while the D5 is aimed at students already studying in another EU country that want to transfer their studies to Portugal or spend a portion of time studying there.
Family reunification, there’s also the D6 visa. If you have a non-EU/EEA spouse (or other permittable family member) that’s already living in Portugal, this visa allows you to come join them and live in Portugal.

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From personal experience, living on the islands is experiencing another level of quality of life, especially for nature lovers.
Since 2013, we have been dividing our time between mainland Portugal and Flores Island, in the Azores archipelago.

The nine islands of the AZORES:
Most of us are familiar with the Azores by name but locating them on a map can be a little trickier. These unique islands lie 1500km off the coast of Portugal; nine wonderfully diverse, unspoilt landscapes which form the most-westerly outpost of Europe. They’re very much part of Portugal – in their language of course, but also in their historic architecture, their wonderful seasonal cuisine and in their warm and friendly welcome.

But there’s also an island culture that’s distinct from life on the mainland. Since the first settlers arrived in 15th Century, the islands have evolved into a rural community trying to strike a balance between sustainable island living whilst taming a wild and volcanic landscape, (today, four of the islands are protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserves). It’s these volcanic landscapes that have often encouraged more intrepid travellers to visit – their calderas, crater lakes, lava caves and geothermal pools have long-held an attraction for Europeans looking to escape the busy mainland. And as you’d expect, the Atlantic Ocean has always loomed-large in the Azores psyche: in the past, the islands were a crucial resupply point for trans-Atlantic sailors, whilst over the last thirty years the Azores have become Europe’s premiere whale and dolphin watching destination.
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MADEIRA and Porto Santo islands:
Madeira is an island of breathtaking scenery: wild river valleys, rugged coastlines and cloud-tipped mountain ranges. It’s hot in the summer, mild in the winter and it’s a great destination if you like to mix busy days with some relaxation by the pool.
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Location Selection - Regardless of where you choose to live in Portugal, you will enjoy an excellent quality of life.
However, you should be aware of what you want; the vibrant life of a city or the seaside, or the calm and privacy of the country side.
This decision will also have an impact on your budget, an apartment in Lisbon could cost as much, or more, than a small farm with a house and swimming pool 50 km from Lisbon.

Moving and starting a business - some people move to Portugal to enjoy the country, but want to start a small business to generate some extra income and stay active.
Here too, the choice of location is important, especially if you want to take government incentives into account (especially in the area of tourism). Inland or on the islands, for certain projects, you can get non-refundable financial support.