5 lesser-known facts about Portugal
Hey guys, welcome to yet another blog of unrevealed facts. Today, we will be talking about the oldest country in Europe that may look small in size but is definitely going to excite you with its surprising and fun facts.
Situated on the Iberian Peninsula towards the southwest corner of Europe, Portugal is home to more than 10 million population which boasts of picturesque landscapes, villages, rich history, vibrant culture, traditional food and much more.
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- Portuguese is the official language of 9 other nations:
Portugal may seem to be small in size, but its language Portuguese is also the official language of 9 other countries. It is estimated that more than 230 million people worldwide are Portuguese speakers. Apart from Portugal, Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome, Macau and Equatorial Guinea.
2. Portugal is home to world’s oldest operating bookstore:
Founded in the year 1732, Bertrand is the world’s oldest bookstore situated in the esteemed capital of the Portugal. Guinness book of records recognized it for the same in the year 2011. The bookstore has witnessed many moments of history it has always been a delight for the tourists and intellectuals across the globe.
3. Longest Bridge of Western Europe is in Portugal:
With a long stretch of more than 17 kms and named after the prominent Portuguese discoverer, Vasco Da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge of Western Europe. This engineering masterpiece was opened for traffic in the year 1998 that also marked the 500th anniversary of the Vasco Da Gama’s discovery of sea route from Europe to India. The bridge connects the northern part of the Portugal with its southern part.
4. Nearly two-third of Portugal’s energy comes from renewable sources:
Portugal is fast emerging as a leader in the way it utilizes its energy sources. The country has shown exemplary conduct by investing heavily in renewable energy. So much so that the country’s total domestic needs can easily be fulfilled by the use of wind, hydro and solar power. Moreover, there are floating wind farm and Wave roller projects which converts the ocean waves into electricity. Needless to say that this ancient country is utilizing every possible modern tools and technology to emerge as a leader in the field of renewable energy.
5. Portugal is home to multiple heritage sites and oldest cities:
You will be surprised to know that there are 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Portugal. This makes Portugal one of the most-visited tourist attractions worldwide. The country’s capital Lisbon is in fact the second oldest capital of Europe after Athens? It sounds crazy but surprisingly, it is four centuries older than Rome as its history dates back to around 1200 BC. Now, you know why it is the most preferred tourist destination.
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