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Portugal is located at the confluence of Europe, Africa and the Americas, at the southwestern end of the European continent. It borders with Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is divided into 18 regions and two islands. The capital of Portugal is Lisbon. There are about 10.8 million people in the country, 97% of whom are Portuguese, and 85% are Catholic. Portugal has a pleasant climate and long hours of sunshine, with 300 sunny days a year. The average temperature is 17-28℃, and 8-14℃ in winter.
Portugal’s investment in education accounts for 5.8% of GDP, which is higher than Canada’s 5.2% and the United States’ 5.7%. Portugal implements free and compulsory education until the age of 18. The country has ample public and private universities. Some private colleges and universities cooperate with the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Switzerland to provide dual degree programs.
Portugal places great importance in medical care and has an extremely mature medical system. National public medical insurance accounts for 10% of the country’s total GDP. The average life expectancy of the Portuguese is 81.1. In addition to its good natural environment, a sound medical system is also one of its most attractive factors.
According to Portuguese law, applicants of Golden Visa are required to purchase real estate of 500,000 euros or more. In July 2015, the law was adjusted so that non-European citizens can purchase renovated properties of more than 30 years. These properties have to be within the reconstruction areas in the Portuguese territory, and the minimum required investment amount is 350,000 euros to obtain the Portuguese golden residence card. After obtaining permanent residency, the property can then be sold.