Quality of Life

Porto is one of Europe’s best places to live, work and enjoy a high quality of life.

Porto is a city open to the world. We are known for how well we welcome, integrate and make everyone feel at home.

Our city offers many benefits for newcomers: safety, plentiful sunshine, rich history, centuries-old heritage, vibrant culture, high quality healthcare and education, international schools, excellent flight connectivity, great food and leisure options, friendly locals, short commutes, affordable cost of living and more.

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Porto is one of the best European cities to live, work and to do business.

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  • Portugal is the best and most recommended country of choice for expats in Europe according to InterNations’ Expat Insider 2019 Survey, ranking 1st when it comes to expat quality of life, personal happiness, ease of settling in, feeling at home and local friendliness.
  • Porto was considered the 9th best place to escape from the megacities to increase quality of life by Monocle Small Cities Index 2020, and the 2nd most exciting city in the world for living according to Time Out’s City Life Index 2018. 
  • 3rd most peaceful country in the world and 1st in Continental Europe according to the Institute for Economics & Peace’s Global Peace 2019 Index.
  • We have a reliable and stable political system based on solid democratic principles where citizens and organizations enjoy high levels of freedom, protection of human rights and access to opportunities for economic and personal development.
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Locals make you feel at home
We "portuenses” welcome visitors, talent and investors from all around the globe.

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  • Being open to foreign cultures is a key part of Portuguese identity and history: 9 out of 10 expats describe the local attitude toward foreign residents as friendly.
  • Portugal is considered one of the world's most tolerant and inclusive societies for migrants, ranking 2nd best in migrant integration policies among highly developed countries according to the Migrant Integration Policy Index.
  • Porto combines a cosmopolitan feel with a strong sense of community and tradition. Our city hosts large numbers of expats from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia and, according to Euromonitor International, Porto is one the world’s Top 100 cities with most international visitors.
  • 72% of locals speak at least one foreign language. English proficiency is the highest among Southern European countries, scoring very high according to the EF English Proficiency Index 2019. French and Spanish are commonly spoken as well.

Sources: InterNations - Expat Insider Survey 2019; Monocle - Small Cities Index 2020; Time Out - City Life Index 2018; Institute for Economics and Peace - Global Peace Index 2019; British Council and Migration Policy Group - Migrant Integration Policy Index - 2015; Euromonitor International - Top 100 City Destinations 2018 & 2019; INE - Inquérito à Educação e Formação de Adultos 2017; EF Education First - EF English Proficiency Index 2019.
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A sunny and affordable place to live
Porto offers the one of the best cost-saving opportunities to enjoy the European city lifestyle to the full.

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  • The 5th lowest cost of living among major Western European cities according to the latest Expatistan 2020 ranking.
  • Living in Porto provides cost savings ranging from 50% to 20% against comparable lifestyles in other major European cities such as London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin or Barcelona.
  • Porto is located by the Atlantic Ocean. The city features a mild and pleasant climate year-round: average minimum temperature of 5 ºC (41 ºF) during winter and average maximum of 26º C (79 ºF) during summer.
  • It’s sunny most of the time: 220 sunny days per year and 7.7 daily sunshine hours on average.
  • Plentiful options for outdoor activities such as jogging, cycling, canoeing or surfing thanks to the pleasant weather, the city’s green parks, the Douro river, the numerous sandy beaches and other nearby attractions.

Sources: Expatistan - International Cost-of-Living February 2020 Ranking
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A vibrant one-of-a-kind city
Porto won the award of European Best Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
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  • Feel an authentic and warm way of life: tradition, culture, history, architecture, gastronomy, Port wine, landscape, hospitality and the friendliness of locals are some of the distinctive attributes of Porto.
  • Well-preserved World Heritage historic centre overlooking the Douro river and landmark contemporary buildings designed by two local Pritzker prize winning architects: Siza Vieira and Souto Moura.
  • 39 museums, 20 cinemas, 12 theatres, 9 showrooms and numerous art galleries, as well as a busy cultural agenda throughout the year with multiple popular festivities, music and art festivals, exhibits and more.
  • Lots of entertainment options: the countless cafés and their terraces, the famous nightlife streets around "Galeria de Paris” street, the Miguel Bombarda quarter, the bustling Santa Catarina street or the "Estádio do Dragão” football stadium are just some of the main reference points for leisure and shopping in Porto.

Sources: European Consumers Choice - European Best Destinations 2012, 2014 & 2017
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Top quality healthcare and education for everyone
Porto has some of the best healthcare and education facilities in Portugal.
  • High-quality healthcare system, with internationally renowned professionals as well as 3 reference hospitals among the best in Portugal with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
  • All residents have access to universal healthcare coverage provided by the National Health Service, including the full range of services from prevention and primary care, to acute and emergency services and rehabilitation. English is widely spoken by healthcare professionals.
  • Basic education is universal and mandatory from ages 6 to 18. The Portuguese public-school network offers free education from kindergarten to secondary school.
  • English is taught from the beginning of the primary level at public schools, or from the pre-school level in private schools.
  • Porto is home to four prestigious international schools: Lycée Francais Internacional do Porto, Deutsche Schule zu Porto, Oporto British School, CLIP - Colégio Luso-Internacional do Porto.

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Lycee Francais Internacional do Porto
  • Established in 1963, Porto’s French international school is home to more than 900 students from ages 3 to 18: from pre-school to the final "Baccalauréat” diploma. It provides intensive French language education to prepare each graduate to pursue their studies in France, Portugal or in any other country, as the "Baccalauréat” is recognised around the world.
Deutsche Schule zu Porto
  • Established in 1901, Porto’s German international school has more than 100 years and belongs to a network of 130 foreign German schools. The school provides a complete education to students: kindergarten (3 academic years), primary School (4 academic years) and high school (5th grade to 12th grade). Students can easily continue their studies in Germany, Portugal or in any other country.
Oporto British School
  • Established in 1894, its one of the oldest international schools in the world and the oldest British school in Continental Europe. The school provides an international education for pupils from ages 3 to 18, from kindergarten until form 12, with the teaching conducted mostly in English.
CLIP - Colégio Luso International do Porto
  • Established in 1990 , CLIP has currently approximately 650 students, aged 3 to 18, from 25 different countries. It offers an international school curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England, with certain modifications to suit both the school's philosophical and pedagogical objectives, and the local circumstances of CLIP, as an international school in Porto, Portugal.
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Quality of life. Did you know that...
  • …Porto is home to the oldest protected winemaking region in the world?
    In the 18th century we were already serious about quality control.

    The Douro valley produces the world-famous and ever-amazing Port wine.

    In 1756 the Douro DOC wine region was created to protect the quality and trade value of the wine produced in the region.

    Today the Alto Douro wine valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering both residents and tourists awe-inspiring landscapes and some of best wine-growing estates in the world, plus plentiful leisure options and highly sophisticated hotels.
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