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Lisboa

Lisboa General Information


Geographical Situation
Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisboa has an area of approximately 1,000 km2. The city lies more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain.
Lisboa offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometres away from the city centre. 
 
Language
Portuguese is Latin in origin and the third most widely spoken European language in the world. It is the mother tongue of about 200 million people. Portuguese is the official language in several countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe in Africa, and Brazil in South America. In Portugal itself a considerable number of people can understand and communicate in foreign languages. 


Demographical Information
Approximately 600,000 people live in Lisboa. However, if one includes the various satellite towns, the population of Greater Lisboa rises to approximately 1.9 million people.  

Climate
Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The agreeable temperatures in the summer months are an open invitation for a walk by the river, or to spend an afternoon in one of the many street cafés to be found all over the city. Although the temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn and winter months, sunshine is almost always a constant feature.

 

 

Apr/Jun

Jul/Sept

Oct/Dec

Oct/Dec

Air temperature

ºC

17.1

21.8

26.3

17.2

ºF

62.8

71.2

79.3

53.0

Sea temperature

ºC

14.9

17.5

19.5

16.1

ºF

58.8

63.5

67.1

60.0

 

Religion
Portuguese culture is greatly influenced by religion. Although Catholicism predominates, other religions may be freely practiced.  

Electricity
Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug. 


Telecommunications
In terms of telecommunications, Lisboa offers state-of-the-art technology and can supply a large number of phone lines and other communication equipment in the shortest possible time. Portugal Telecom, the Portuguese telecommunications group, operates with a wide range of technological networks for telephone services, data communications, international and satellite connections, mobile communications and cable TV, thus ensuring ease of contact with the rest of the world.  

Other Basic Information
Emergency Phone Number: 112
Currency:
Euro

Working Hours
Buses: Every day - 24 hours.
Underground: Every day 6.30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Banks: Mon-Fri. 8.30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Shopping Centres: Every day 10 a.m. - 12 midnight 
Shops: Mon -Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Embassies: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Post Offices: Mon. - Fri. 8.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. 
Pharmacies: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7 p. m. also: 24 hour (night) service 
Meal times: Lunch: 12 mid-day - 2 p.m.
Dinner: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m


PSP - TOURISM POLICE
Palácio Foz - Praça dos Restauradores
Tel.: +351 213 421 634 / +351 213 421 623
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Time Zones
(GMT/UTC GMT/UTC +1 in Summer) 
Australia, Camberra +10h 
Brazil, Brasília -3h 
France, Paris +1h 
Germany, Bona +1h 
Holland,, Amsterdam +1h 
Italy Rome +1h 
Japan, Tokyo +9h 
Norway, Oslo +1h 
South Africa, Cape Town +2h 
Spain, Madrid +1h 
Sweden,, Stockholm +1h 
UK, London = 
USA, Chicago -6h 
USA,Los Angeles -8h 
USA New York -5h 
USA, Washington -5h 


Equivalent Measures
1 cm = 0.39 inches 
1 metre = 39.37 inches / 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards 
1 km = 0.62 miles 
1 inch = 2.54 cm 
1 foot = 0.39 metres/12 inches 
1 yard = 0.91 metres 
1 mile = 1.60 km 
1 sq. foot = 199 sq. inches / 0.0929 m2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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