Facts about Portugal
Official Name: Portuguese Republic
Official Language: Portuguese
Member State of the European Union since 1 January 1986
Currency: € (EUR)
Schengen Area: member since 26 March 1995
Government: 4 sovereign bodies – President of the Republic (Head of State), Assembly of the Republic (Parliament), Government and Courts
Area: 92,226km2 (including islands of the Azores and Madeira
Location: Southwest Europe
Population Density: 111.5/km2
Time zone: Southwest Europe (GMT +1)
Climate: Mediterranean and Oceanic – Annual Average Temperature (2019) of 16˚C/61˚F
Borders: North and East with Spain (1,215km) and South and West with the Atlantic Ocean (832km). The archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean
Why Film in Portugal?
DAYS OF SUNSHINE : long hours of sunshine and clear skies – almost 300 days of sunshine a year and low levels of precipitation, allowing production throughout the year, with great natural light. Average temperature 16˚C/61˚F.
DIVERSITY OF SCENERIES : Portugal offers everything from beaches, castles, palaces, monuments, impressive old buildings, modern architecture, churches, cathedrals, monasteries, parks, historic villages and walled cities. Portugal’s landscape variety is enormous and includes mountain scenery, forests, gardens, plains, rocky slopes, valleys, caves, rivers, lakes, lagoons, jungles and more.
ACCESSIBLE LOCATIONS : diversity of sceneries within close range. It is is possible to travel across Portugal by car in less than 5 hours, from north to south. There are also 6 international airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, Sao Miguel and Lajes), 5 international ports and an accessible rail network.
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS : qualified talent is available at competitive prices. Production teams are used to woking in international productions and have extensive experience in film, tv and commercial production. The teams are mostly fluent in English. Spanish and French are also widely spoken.
FACILITIES/STUDIO AND EQUPMENT : The majority of studios are available in the Lisbon, Porto and Algarve areas, equipped with the latest technology. There are also projects to develop new areas for this purpose, which have provided Portugal with infrastructure capable of meeting the most difficult requirements at an international level. Post-production is most located in the Lisbon area and in the north of the country.
AFFORDABLE COST OF LIVING, GREAT HOTEL OFFER, AND HIGH QUALITY CUISINE
CO-PRODUCTION AGREEMENTS : Portugal has co-production agreements with more than 60 countries around the world, including all countries with Portuguese as the official language, which represent +250 million Portuguese speakers (such as Brazil, Mozambique, and Angola). Portugal also has agreements with countries in Latin America.
STABLE AND SAFE COUNTRY : According to the Global Peace Index of 2020, Portugal is the 3rd safest country in the world
QUALITY HEALTH SYSTEM WITH WIDE NETWORK OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOSPITALS
PORTUGAL CASH REBATE OFFERING 30% ON PRODUCTION COSTS
COST EFFECTIVE AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL CREW SPEAKING BOTH ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE