Portuguese Republic
República Portuguesa
Timeline: timeline
Flag of Portugal
Flag of Portugal
(and largest city)
Language Portuguese
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Prime Minister António Costa
Area 92,212 km²
Population 10,427,301 
Currency Escudo

Settled since pre-historic times, by 1139, Portugal had established itself as a kingdom independent from León. Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Guyana, its wealthiest colony. Today, Portugal is a developed country with an advanced economy, and a high living standard and is known for having decriminalized the usage of all common drugs in 2001, the first country in the world to do so.

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