Currently, Portugal has one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems in Europe, resulting from the investments made in the last decade in human resources, infrastructure and technology qualification, which provide great opportunities for those wishing to launch or invest in new businesses.

We provide information on the most competitive sectors of the Portuguese economy, whether emerging or traditional, as well as information on incentive systems and funding solutions, support for innovation and internationalisation of your business.

Please be sure to explore Clusters, Funding, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Internationalisation, Location. See more at Practical guide for your business that helps you to know how to create, manage and close businesses in Portugal, as well as the economic activity support services available in this single electronic point of contact for the entire Portuguese administration.

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Economic Indicators

If you are an investor looking for business opportunities in Portugal, you should start by exploring the main indicators of the Portuguese economy at national and regional levels.

These indicators include information on the business environment, investment in infrastructure, as well as labour market trends, population qualifications, access to funding and investment in capital goods and R&D.

  • Main Economic Indicators of Portugal - Selection of Portugal's main economic indicators since 2000.
  • Sectorial Statistics - Annual structural indicators and their evolution, concerning Portuguese companies in the last 5 years, for a total of 354 economic activities (CAE Rev. 3), by legal form or geographical distribution (NUTS II), and respective framework in the national economic context.
  • Regional Statistics - Annual publication with the main economic and social indicators of Portugal, grouped by NUTS II, NUTS III, districts and municipalities, for a total of 360 regional groupings.
Portugal in numbers

Area: 92.212km2

Coastline: 2.600km (incl. Atlantic islands)

Languages: 60% speak a second language

Population: 10.6 million

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The Simplex Programme was launched in 2006 as part of a strategy of administrative modernisation across all Government services. From that year on, several administrative and legislative simplification and electronic administration measures were implemented with very positive impacts on the daily lives of individuals and companies.