Facts about Portugal Day

Portugal Day is the National Day of Portugal and commemorates the death of Luís de Camões on June 10th 1580.

To mark the day, here are 11 interesting 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. 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. Portugal Day Facts

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

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. Portugal Day Facts

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

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

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

In 1761, Portugal became the first colonial power to abolish slavery. In 1761, Portugal became the first colonial power to abolish slavery. Portugal Day Facts

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

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

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

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