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Portugal Constitution Day

What is Portugal Day?

On 10 June, Portugal commemorates the death of Luís de Camões in 1580. Camões wrote the Lusiads, Portugal's national epic celebrating the country's achievements.

To mark Portugal's National Day, here are some interesting facts about Portugal.

11 Facts about Portugal Day

Portugal has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe. Afonso Henriques was proclaimed the first King of Portugal in 1139 and the country remained a kingdom for almost 800 years thereafter, until 1910.

Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world with 240 million speakers and is the official language of nine countries.

The longest bridge in Europe is in Portugal – the six-lane, cable-stayed Vasco de Gama bridge crossing the Tagus River to the north of Lisbon is over 10 miles long.

Signed in 1373, Portugal and England have the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world.

Established in 1732, Bertrand bookstore in Lisbon, is the world's oldest bookstore.

At its height, Portugal's colonial empire included what are now 53 different countries.

In 1761, Portugal became the first colonial power to abolish slavery, half a century before Britain, France, Spain, or the United States.

The Portuguese eat more fish and shellfish per capita than any other country.

Portugal produces more than half of the world's cork.

Chili, pepper, potatoes and tomatoes were introduced by the Portuguese to India. Piri-piri sauce was also invented by the Portuguese.

Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world with 240 million speakers and is the official language of nine countries.

 

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