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Portugal's tourism boom halted by Brexit, airport problems  Channel NewsAsia

Portugal's long-running tourism boom is set to move decisively into reverse in 2019 due to capacity constraints at Lisbon airport and a drop in ...

Channel NewsAsia
Portugal Continues Refusal to Abolish Golden Visa Scheme  OCCRP

Portugal's Parliament rejected on Friday an opposition-proposed bill to abolish the Golden Visa scheme, continuing a policy which leaves Portugal and the rest ...

Portugal Not Only Refuses to Abolish the Golden Visa Scheme But Also Expands It With 'Green Visas'  SchengenVisaInfo.com

The Parliament of the Portuguese Republic has turned down a bill proposed by the opposition parties to abolish the Golden Visa Scheme. The opposition came ...

Portugal to welcome British tourists post-Brexit - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

Portugal wants to exempt British tourists from entry visa requirements if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a negotiated deal.

Jakarta Post
Raul Meireles performs on ‘Lip Sync Portugal’ and fans loved ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder’s displ  talkSPORT

Raul Meireles has always had his own style and the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder is clearly loving life after football.

What’s new in Spain and Portugal for 2019  Seattle Times

Spain and Portugal have a continually evolving sightseeing scene, so it's important to travel in 2019 with the latest information to get the most out of your ...

Seattle Times
Number of new companies up in 2018 as insolvencies fall  The Portugal News

The number of new companies formed in Portugal last year was up 12.2 percent on the previous year, while the number of insolvencies fell 6.3 percent, ...

The Portugal News
New year sees continuing strike wave in Portugal  World Socialist Web Site

The year 2019 is seeing a continuing strike wave in Portugal protesting the policies of the Socialist Party (PS) government. The minority government of Prime ...

World Socialist Web Site
Portugal approves law widening definition of rape  Channel NewsAsia

LISBON: Portugal's parliament unanimously changed the law on Friday to expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent, joining ...

Channel NewsAsia
Bank of Portugal prefers banks to disclose big debtors to parliament  The Portugal News

The Bank of Portugal said it cannot back legislation that provides for the disclosure of large debtors of rescued banks, because it does not meet European law, ...

The Portugal News
Portugal splashes the cash ahead of elections  POLITICO.eu

The government is pumping money into railways, airports and urban mobility.

Mourinho 'highly' motivated; 'no intention' of returning to Portugal  The Portugal News

Portuguese football coach José Mourinho said that he was still “highly” motivated to pursue his career in the game, but that he currently had no intention of ...

The Portugal News
Where To Travel In 2019: Douro Valley, Portugal  Forbes

As you set your 2019 travel goals, imagine drifting down a lush river, surrounded by vineyards and blue sky. Portugal's Douro Valley is a UNESCO World ...

Cathay ticketing error … again: first-class fares at tenth of original price  South China Morning Post

Carrier promptly admits to mistake selling tickets for only US$1512, when full fares on similar routes cost US$16000. It says it will honour discounts.

South China Morning Post
What's new for travelers in Spain and Portugal for 2019  The Daily Herald

Like many travelers, last spring I visited Barcelona dreaming of seeing Antoni Gaudi's breathtaking Sagrada Familia church. When I got there, the ticket office ...

The Daily Herald
AAA-rated Hodges: why I've sold Italy for Portugal  Citywire Selector

Portugal is the standout cheapest market in Europe and doesn't have as much political instability as Italy, Spain or France. That's according to Richard Hodges, ...

Citywire Selector
Portugal, Ireland Bond Sales Show Conviction on ECB Rate Outlook  Bloomberg

In one fell swoop, Portugal and Ireland completed a quarter of their refinancing for the year. The two nations sold 4 billion euros ($4.6 billion) of bonds each via ...

Mourinho: I have no intention of working in Portugal  MARCA.com

Jose Mourinho is currently without a job after being sacked as Manchester United manager last month.This week the Portuguese coach reportedly...

Perfect Portugal: Country delights visitors with food, fun and adventure  austin360

From a cliff high above Praia do Amado, along the windswept coast of Portugal, I can see dozens of surfers far below, bobbing like neoprene-clad seals as they ...

Fuel prices up again  The Portugal News

Fuel prices have gone up once again this morning at the country's forecourts.

The Portugal News
Irish couple robbed twice during nightmare holiday in Portugal  The Irish Times

Donegal man complains insurance company did not cover cost of theft in Albufeira.

The Irish Times
Irish couple robbed at gunpoint while on holiday in Portugal  JOE.ie

An Irish couple have described how they were forced into a car at gunpoint and robbed while on holiday in Portugal recently. Dermot called into Joe Duffy on ...

12 tips to make the most of your trip to Portugal  INSIDER

From walking the streets to tasting authentic local cuisine, here are some tips for experiencing Portugal like a local.

Cabinet approves renewal of Transtejo ferry fleet  The Portugal News

Portugal's cabinet has approved a renewal of the Transtejo ferry fleet, which includes the purchase of ten new boats, with the first catamaran being put into ...

The Portugal News
Government of Portugal urged to stop withholding public information on Golden Visas  Transparency International

Issued by Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica (TIAC). Updated at 11:40, 10 January, 2019. The bill will be discussed today and voted upon ...

Transparency International
Yellow Jackets flop in Portugal  POLITICO.eu

Campaign to bring country to a halt tests the exportability of the protest movement.

Young Irishman airlifted to hospital after falling off cliff in Algarve, Portugal  Irish Mirror

Firefighters were also involved in the rescue operation.

Irish Mirror
Tendering process opens to revitalise central Portugal  The Portugal News

A public initiative called Portugal Social Innovation launched a tendering process on Tuesday which is to allocate €1 million for the revitalisation of 19 ...

The Portugal News
Why Portugal Is One of Europe's Crown Jewels, by Travel Writers  Creators Syndicate

By Doug Hansen. "To travel is to live," proclaimed Hans Christian Andersen, and for two weeks my wife and I lived our dream of exploring Portugal's towns, wine ...

Creators Syndicate
Casillas: Sporting draw leaves Porto sad  MARCA.com

A scoreless draw against Sporting brought Porto's 18-game winning streak to an end and ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted his...

Portugal: Morais Pires to appeal €1.2M Banco de Portugal fine  Macau Business

MNA | The former BES director Amílcar Morais Pires on Thursday announced he is to appeal the Banco de Portugal decision to fine him €1.2 million for alleged ...

Macau Business
NO DEAL BREXIT: Portugal will allow Brits to STAY, calls on UK to return the favour  Express.co.uk

They say even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they do not want barriers between the two countries and insist Brits can continue to rely on their country as a ...

Covão dos Conchos – Portugal  Atlas Obscura

Discover Covão dos Conchos in Portugal: This gaping hole in the middle of a remote mountain lake looks like a portal to another dimension.

Atlas Obscura
Renewables meet 55% of Portugal's power needs in 2018  Renewables Now

January 10 (Renewables Now) - Power from renewable energy sources met about 55.1% of Portugal's electricity demand in 2018, shows data from the Po.

Renewables Now
EU Commission approves biomass energy support scheme in Portugal  Market Business News

The European Commission has approved a €320 million scheme to support biomass energy installations in Portugal. The installations will be near forests that ...

Market Business News
'Yellow vest' protesters attempt to stop traffic in Portugal  Reuters

A few hundred "yellow vest" protesters demanding lower taxes and inspired by riots in Paris took to the streets across Portugal on Friday in an attempt to stop ...

Portugal’s Costa Expects Friday’s Demonstration Will Be Orderly  Bloomberg

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said he expects that a planned Friday demonstration inspired by France's Yellow Vests movement will be orderly and ...

Acciona closes its module factory in Portugal – pv magazine International  pv magazine International

The Spanish developer maintained manufacturing activities at the plant for 10 years with an average of more than 100 employees. The company previously ...

pv magazine International
Portugal: 'There is no plan B' if report rejects airport - Prime Minister  Macau Business

MNA | Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, on Friday said that "there is no plan B" for building a new complementary airport of Lisbon if the report on the ...

Macau Business
Tourism confederation 'concerned' about Brexit effects on tourism  The Portugal News

The head of the Portuguese Confederation of Tourism (CTP), Francisco Calheiros, has said he is “concerned” with the consequences of Brexit on Portugal's ...

The Portugal News
Viacom, Endemol Shine Adapt ‘Lip Sync Battle’ for Portugal’s SIC  Variety

Viacom International Studios and Endemol Shine Group adapt hit format “Lip Sync Battle” for Portuguese broadcaster SIC.

Four killed in rescue helicopter crash in Portugal  Al Jazeera English

The INEM helicopter went missing in a mountainous area after dropping off a patient suffering from cardiac problems.

Al Jazeera English
Cristiano Ronaldo Comments On His Portugal Future  Soccer Laduma

Having not played for his country since the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has now commented on his future with the Portugal ...

Soccer Laduma
Portugal's government increases minimum wage  Daily Journal

Portugal's Socialist government has approved an increase in the country's minimum wage to 600 euros a month ($687) from Jan. 1.

Daily Journal
Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo sells his mansion in Cheshire  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has finally sold his mansion at Cheshire for £3.25 million eleven years after acquiring the property.

Tram overturns in Portugal injuring 28 people  Euronews English

28 people were injured when a tram derailed and flipped over in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

Euronews English
The Perfect Southern Portugal Road Trip Itinerary  coveteur.com

We made what we think is the perfect week-long Southern Portugal road trip itinerary to take you from Lisbon to Lagos to Carvoeiro and back to Lisbon with a ...

Portugal: Ex-parliamentary leader of opposition PSD 'ready to challenge' leader  Macau Business

MNA | Luís Montenegro, a former parliamentary leader of Portugal's main opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD), announced on Friday that he was ready to ...

Macau Business
Portugal stocks lower at close of trade; PSI 20 down 0.16%  Investing.com

Investing.com – Portugal stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Technology, Financials and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.

Portugal's Property Market Boom Shows Signs of Slowing Down  Bloomberg

Portugal's housing market, which created a bonanza for sellers and a cutthroat environment for local buyers, is starting to show signs of slowing down after the ...

6 wonderful experiences not to be missed in Portugal this season  Evening Standard

A regular visitor to Portugal, travel writer Georgia Hopkins spent last summer exploring the coasts and countryside of the Alentejo region. Here she shares her ...

Evening Standard
Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kids - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: In this Portuguese village, locals celebrate the Christian festival of Epiphany in a fashion that raises eyebrows ...

Jakarta Post
First resettled refugees arrive in Portugal under new scheme  UNHCR

GENEVA / LISBON, 19 December 2018 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed the arrival this week in Lisbon of six refugee families originally from ...

Lisbon declares war on plastic waste  The Portugal News

Lisbon wants to eliminate the use of throw-away plastic cups.

The Portugal News
Ronaldo announces Portugal return; Expects to be cleared in rape case  Yahoo Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the fold for Portugal in 2019, hoping to help the side to the first UEFA Nations League Final. Ronaldo, 33, sat out Portugal's six ...

Yahoo Sports
Renewables account for 52% of Portugal's consumption in 2018  Renewables Now

January 4 (Renewables Now) - Non-hydro renewable sources generated 29.5% of Portugal's electricity in 2018, data from the Portuguese power utility.

Renewables Now
In Braga, Portugal, A Touch of Scandinavian Coffee Culture At Nórdico  Sprudge

Portugal is not yet known as a country that boasts a large variety of quality coffee. In fact, finding a good place that serves a great caffeine fix can be ...

Arsenal defensive target makes shock return to Portugal  Teamtalk.com

Reported Arsenal target Pepe has completed a free-transfer move to Porto.

Jet2holidays slashes prices by £100pp on Spain and Portugal holidays  Mirror Online

Jet2 and Jet2holidays have slashed prices in a flash sale on holidays to Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearics and Madeira.

Mirror Online
Escorted tour runs like clockwork through Spain and Portugal  Stuff.co.nz

An escorted coach tour of Spain and Portugal offers plenty of contrasts.

Police seize over 100 kilos of fresh fish  The Portugal News

Portugal's Coastal Control Unit of the police force has seized 116 kilos of *fresh* fish in the area of Gafanha da Nazaré, in Aveiro, northern Portugal.

The Portugal News
Liverpool, Everton in battle for cut-price €40m Portugal sensation  Teamtalk.com

Liverpool and Everton are being tipped to go head to head in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this month.

Utah State went all the way to Portugal to find center Neemias Queta. He was worth the trip.  Salt Lake Tribune

True freshman who big man chose USU over Texas Tech, Saint Mary's and Creighton and is making an immediate impact on new-look Aggies. 0. Utah State ...

Salt Lake Tribune
SA Rugby Sevens Academy faces Portugal in Cup QF  Sport24

The SA Rugby Sevens Academy team have finished second in pool B of the Sudamerica Rugby Sevens tournament in Punta del Este.

Portugal ratified the MEDICRIME Convention - Newsroom  Council of Europe

Portugal has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention will enter into force concerning Portugal on 1st April 2019.

Council of Europe
Praia da Ursa – Colares, Portugal  Atlas Obscura

Discover Praia da Ursa in Colares, Portugal: In Portugal, a secluded stretch of untouched natural beauty hides at the bottom of a steep hill.

Atlas Obscura
This Company Is Hiring a ‘Cultural Exploration Officer’ to Travel to Japan, Iceland, and Portugal for Free  Travel+Leisure

The perks of being a CEO seem pretty nice: a corner suite, a serious salary, and maybe even a little travel. But one new forward-focused travel planning and ...

Tender for new Lisbon Metro stations launched today  The Portugal News

A tender for the construction of two new Metro subway stations in Lisbon, in the Estrela and Santos neighbourhoods, and the subsequent extension of the yellow ...

The Portugal News
Country earns €838 million in investment through 'Golden Visas'  The Portugal News

Portugal garnered €838 million in investment through "Golden Visas" last year, which is 0.6 percent less than the previous year, according to figures released on ...

The Portugal News
Big chill on the way  The Portugal News

It is set to become noticeably chillier next week, especially at night; the days will be bright and sunny but temperatures will start to fall further towards the end of ...

The Portugal News
Photo gallery, Warrington Wolves training camp in Portugal  Warrington Guardian

WARRINGTON Wolves' preparations for the new Betfred Super League season are stepping up a level during a warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Warrington Guardian
Travel company offering free trip to Japan, Iceland and Portugal for quirky 'CEO' job  Fox News

The perks of being a CEO seem pretty nice: a corner suite, a serious salary, and maybe even a little travel. But one new forward-focused travel planning and ...

Fox News
From Portugal: Midfielder does a U-turn and rejects Manchester City after visiting club  City Watch

Tiago Dantas had one foot in Manchester City after visiting the club's facilities over Christmas, but the Benfica starlet has reportedly had a change of heart.

City Watch
2019 could see significant savings on fuel  The Portugal News

Filling car tanks with fuel could see savings of up to €240 this year.

The Portugal News
Portugal Braces as Winter Bites  The Portugal News

Contingency plans have been brought into force in various parts of the country as the first real cold snap of this winter sinks its teeth in.

The Portugal News
National Republican Guard seizes 4400 kilos of sardines  The Portugal News

Portugal's National Republican Guard on Friday seized 4400 kilos of sardines worth around €26000 without a certificate of origin in the district of Matosinhos, ...

The Portugal News
Man Utd transfer news: £68m asking price set for ‘Portugal’s most expensive transfer ever’ | Daily Star  Daily Star

MANCHESTER UNITED and Real Madrid have reportedly been told they must pay £68m if they want to sign Porto defender Eder Militao.

Daily Star
Be This Company’s New ‘CEO’ and Travel Free to Japan, Iceland, and Portugal  The Manual

Every few months, it seems a new company is looking to send a few travel-hungry hopefuls on a social-media-fueled trip to some exotic destination. Now, for ...

The Manual
Allianz acquires giant subsidy-free solar plant in Portugal  PV-Tech

Investor Allianz Capital Partners has agreed the acquisition of what is expected to be Portugal's largest unsubsidised solar project, continuing the positive signs ...

paulo martins constructs the GR house from irregular forms in portugal  Designboom

portuguese architect, paulo martins, has created the GR house in sever do vouga, portugal. the design of the project is a result of the irregular geometry of the ...

The Chemical Brothers Confirmed For Portugal’s NOS Alive 2019  uDiscover Music

The Chemical Brothers, Vampire Weekend and Cut Copy have been confirmed for Portugal's NOS Alive 2019 festival. They'll join previously announced stars ...

uDiscover Music
Overexposed: The castles of Sintra, Portugal. Underappreciated: The walled city of Evora.  The Washington Post

Cobblestone streets, an impressive aqueduct, the largest medieval cathedral and a chapel of bones await you, along with hearty food.

The Washington Post
From Portugal: Manchester City to offer five-year deal to Tiago Djaló  City Watch

Manchester City want to add one of Portuguese football's top prospects to their enviable collection of young talents, and are making a move to sign Tiago Djaló ...

City Watch
Portugal's “Game of the Year” in Lisbon's bottom division  PortuGOAL.net

The “game of the year” happened in Portugal this weekend in Lisbon's lowest division. Amadora's CD Estrela took on CF Os Belenenses at the Estádio José ...

Sting, John Mayer, Luke Combs and Portugal. The Man Will Play Aspen Festival  Westword

Denver isn't lacking for Labor Day concert opportunities, but in 2019, one of the hottest lineups on the calendar is happening up in the mountains, at the Jazz ...

Exploring Alentejo: A Window into Portugal's Jewish Past  The Jewish Voice

The Alentejo is the beautiful region of Portugal that lies between the Algarve and central Lisbon region. This vast and sparsely populated area covers over 30 ...

The Jewish Voice
Surfing: British surfer Tom Butler rides 'biggest ever wave' in Portugal  New Zealand Herald

British surfer Tom Butler believes he's surfed the biggest ever "monster wave" in Nazaré, Portugal. The claim will now have to be submitted to World Surf League ...

New Zealand Herald
First plastic-free flight in decades departs Lisbon  CTV News

The first of four plastic-free flights departed Portugal on Boxing Day in a bid by an aircraft leasing company to banish the material from its planes by the end of ...

CTV News
From Portugal: Manchester City interested in Sporting defender, West Ham & Lazio also keen  City Watch

Manchester City have expressed an interest in signing Sporting B defender Tiago Djaló who is at the centre of a contract dispute, Portuguese newspaper O ...

City Watch
Portugal national team odds on to be Mourinho's next job  Calciomercato.com english news

Jose Mourinho is now odds on to become the next manager of the Portuguese national team, with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich touted to be his ...

Calciomercato.com english news
Portugal paratroops in five-hour firefight with UPC militia in Central African Republic  The Defense Post

Portuguese peacekeepers battled for five hours to restore order after militants killed two police officers in Bambari, Central African Republic.

The Defense Post
Portugal’s Francesinha Sandwich  NowThis

Watch Portugal's Francesinha Sandwich, a Food video from NowThis.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass' Labor Day Experience To Feature John Mayer, Sting, Portugal. The Man, More  Live for Live Music

Jazz Aspen Snowmass will feature performances from Sting, John Mayer, Luke Combs, Portugal. The Man, and more at its Labor Day Experience in 2019.

Live for Live Music
Cyclists in Portugal Rescue ‘Skeletal’ Dog in the Woods That Was Tied to Tree and Left to Die  The Epoch Times

It's a sad fact that there are thousands upon thousands of stray dogs in cities across the globe that have no choice but to eke out lives that are full of suffering.

The Epoch Times
China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements  WECT

Portugal is embracing China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.

Portugal Explores The Dark Side Of Its Colonial Past  NPR

In the capital Lisbon, 2 public projects represent different views of the country's colonial past. One is a memorial to victims of slavery and the other is a museum ...

Nature Tourism with a Soul: Craveiral in Portugal  Forbes

Simplicity, nature, silence and wide-open spaces. These are the new luxuries. At Craveiral they combine to create feelings of connection—to nature, to loved ...

Cyclones almost never hit Portugal. Here’s what happened when Leslie struck this weekend.  The Washington Post

Cyclone Leslie battered Portugal and Spain this weekend, bringing 100-mph winds and heavy rain to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Luis Belo Costa of ...

The Washington Post
Portugal fetes China, risking tension with Western allies  Wichita Eagle

While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly capturing control of the bloc's critical energy and transport infrastructure, ...

Wichita Eagle
English model Jasmine Lennard vows to expose Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ English model Jasmine Lennard who was the girlfriend of Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has vowed to expose the Portugal international so ...


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Portugal (Portuguese: [puɾtuˈɣal]), officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa [ʁɛˈpuβlikɐ puɾtuˈɣezɐ]), is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.Portugal is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples.Portugal as a country was established during the Christian Reconquista against the Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD. Despite attempts at independence since its foundation as a county in 868, only after the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, where Portuguese forces led by Afonso Henriques defeated forces led by his mother, Teresa, the County of Portugal affirmed its sovereignty and Afonso styled himself Prince of Portugal. He would later be proclaimed King of Portugal at the Battle of Ourique in 1139 and was recognised as such, by neighbouring kingdoms, on the Treaty of Zamora, in 1143.In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) (1488), Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil (1500). During this time Portugal monopolized the spice trade, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, the Industrial Revolution, the Seven Years' War, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822), erased to an extent Portugal's prior opulence.After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, later being superseded by the Estado Novo right-wing authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War. Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories. The handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of what can be considered the longest-lived colonial empire.Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe, a legacy of 300 million Portuguese speakers, and many Portuguese-based creoles. A member of the United Nations and the European Union, Portugal was also one of the founding members of NATO, the eurozone, the OECD, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. It is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. It is the 4th most peaceful country in the world, and its state is the 15th most stable one, maintained under a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government. Additionally, the country ranks highly in terms of democracy (10th), social progress (20th), prosperity (25th), press freedom (14th), moral freedom (3rd), LGBTI rights (7th in Europe), ease of doing business (29th) and road network (2nd).