Quality of Life

Porto is not only a good place to invest, but also a good one to live, work and enjoy a unique quality of life.

Safe, sunny, with a rich culture and heritage resulting from nine centuries of history, and with a high quality of health services, international schools and excellent flight connectivity to all over the world, Porto offers many benefits for expatriates.

Portugal is a country open to foreign cultures and Porto is known for its capacity to welcome, integrate and make anyone feel at home.


Welcoming, Inclusive and Safe City
Porto is a safe place to live and conduct businesses.
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  • Portugal is the 5th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace.

  • Reliable and stable political system based on a mature democracy, where citizens, organisations and journalists enjoy high levels of freedom of information and equal opportunities for economic development.

Portuenses are very friendly and welcoming people

  • Portugal is considered one of the world's most welcoming countries for immigrants - 2nd best country concerning integration policies in the Migrant Integration Policy Index.

  • Society open to foreign cultures - great welcoming environment for visitors, workers and families.

  • International environment - Porto hosts reputed international schools that offer international programs in English, French or German.

High levels of social development

  • Society that cares for the well-being of mothers and children - according to the organization Save the Children, Portugal ranks 16th on the index of best countries to be a mother; 

  • Great social progresses in relation to the balance between work and leisure;

  • According to the Social Progress Index, Portugal is considered one of the world’s best countries in this field (ranks 21th in 133 countries).

    Sources: The Institute for Economics and Peace - Global Peace Index 2016; British Council and Migration Policy Group - Migrant Integration Policy Index 2015; Save the Children - State of the World’s Mothers 2015; Social Progress Imperative – Social Progress Index 2016.
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Unique City
Porto was voted Best European Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
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  • Tradition, culture, history, architecture, gastronomy and wine, landscape, hospitality and the joy of their people are attributes of a distinctive city.

  • Authentic and warm way of life - Douro River, World Heritage historic centre, contemporary buildings of architects like Siza Vieira or Souto Moura, contagious joy of the popular festivities, music and art festivals.

  • Leisure, fun and night life - the excellent cafés and their terraces, the famous streets around the Galeria de Paris Street, the Miguel Bombarda quarter or the commercial street of Santa Catarina are reference points in arts and culture, in leisure and shopping.
  • Portugal is a top tourist destination, combining a rich heritage with quality and competitive services – ranks 15th at the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report.
Sources: European Best Destinations (European Consumers Choice); World Economic Forum - The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015.
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Mild and Pleasant Climate
  • 220 sunny days a year and of 7,7 daily sunshine hours (average).

  • Mild year-round weather with no excessive variations of temperature: usually between 10º C in winter and 30º C in summer.

  • Attractive resources – pleasant weather, green parks, clear waters – for outdoor activities such as jogging, canoeing or surfing.

    Sources: Germanwatch, CAN - The Climate Change Performance Index 2015.


International Schools
In Porto there are a various offers of international schools.

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Colégio Alemão do Porto

Established in 1901, it has more than 100 years and is part of a network of 130 foreign German schools. The school provides a complete education to students, allowing them to continue their studies in Germany, Portugal or in any other country, with its education offer comprehending the kindergarten (3 academic years), the primary School (4 academic years) and the high school (5th grade to 12th grade).


CLIP (Portuguese acronym for "Colégio Luso International do Porto")

Established in 1990 (school year 1990-91), today has approximately 650 students, aged 3 to 18, from 25 different countries. CLIP 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.


Lycee Francais Internacional do Porto

Established in 1963, nowadays is home to more than 900 students from ages 3 to 18, pre-school to final diploma. It provides intensive French language coaching, to prepare each graduate to pursue their studies in France, Portugal or in any other country, as the Baccalauréat is recognised around the world.


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.
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Quality of life. Did you know that...
  • Porto has the oldest demarcated and controlled winemaking region in the world?
    In 1756 we were already talking about controlling quality. In the Douro valley, home of the world-famous and always amazing Port wine, the oldest demarcated and controlled winegrowing region in the world was born, with 250 thousand hectares.

    An innovative gesture which left one of the most fascinating sites with the title "Heritage of Humanity".

    Today it offers both residents and tourists the most extraordinary scenery and wine-growing estates, vibrant sports, cultural activities and the most sophisticated hotels in the world. And, of course, the best nectars.
  • in Porto more than 500,000 people every year pass through the Museum of Contemporary Art?
    The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Porto, was visited by more than 500,000 persons (between september 2014 and sept. 2015), making it one of the most visited Portuguese museums. More than 100,000 of the visitors are tourists.

    With an intense activity of exposition, programming, creation and divulging in various area of artistic expression, the Museu de Serralves is a centre of cultural reference for the Iberian Peninsula.

    Its structure was designed by the architect Siza Vieira.

    In 2016, over 80 works of Joan Miró were displayed in the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.
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