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Peaceful Place - According to the 2014 Global Peace Index rankings, Portugal is the 18th most peaceful country in the world, boasting one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. In fact, Lisbon was recently voted the safest capital city in Europe.
Population and Religion - Portugal has one of the lowest population-to-land densities in Europe, so even the major cities are not overcrowded and there is plenty of open space for all to enjoy. The most predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. According to a census conducted in 2011, the statistics are;
Catholic - 81% (the highest percentage in Western Europe).
Christianity - 3.3%.
Other Religious Groups - 0.6% (includes Jewish, Muslim). No Religion - 6.8%.
Undeclared - 8.3%.
Climate - Expect long, hot summer days cooled by the Atlantic breeze, and extremely pleasant winters. Short bursts of rain ensure that the landscape stays lush and green.
Eco-friendly - For many years, Portugal has seen a trend towards the development of the country’s renewable resource industry. It has considerable wind and river power resources, the two most cost-effective renewable resources. According to the 2014 Climate Change Performance Index, Portugal ranks third out of the 58 countries that have achieved the best climate protection performance worldwide. Portugal is one of the countries that has managed to achieve significant reduction in the greenhouse emissions.
Cuisine - Portugal is a seafaring nation with a well-developed fishing industry and this is reflected in the amount of fish and seafood eaten. Fish is served grilled, boiled (including poached), fried or deep fried, stewed (often in clay pot) or even roasted. Foremost amongst these is bacalhau (cod), which is the type of fish most consumed in Portugal.