Entries by Lusolobo

Seafood

‘Eat wild, mostly small fish, preferably local’ Seafood is the cornerstone of the Portuguese kitchen. There are no people in Europe who eat as much seafood as the Portuguese and at the global level, only Japan and Iceland consume more fish. More than half of the fish consumed in Portugal comes from abroad. The bigger […]

Airport2

The country’s never-ending airport story returned to square one this month when Portugal’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) refused to evaluate the request submitted by ANA – the French construction group that runs Portugal’s airports – to build a second hub for Lisbon’s airport at Montijo – at present a military airbase – on the […]

Rail

‘Rail is the only means of transport that reduces CO2 emissions while increasing transport volumes’ The narrative of Portugal’s high-speed rail connections to Madrid, Porto and the Spanish city of Vigo is back on track in this European Year of Rail with Portugal chairing the Presidency of the EU. It started some 20 years ago […]

Carnage

540 wild animals shot – a super record, the hunters said Just before Christmas, on December 17, over 540 deer and wild boar were brutally slaughtered by 16 Spanish hunters in a walled estate in Azambuja to make way for a gigantic solar energy park with an investment of 170 million euros. ‘It was a […]

Democracy

‘After years of EU support, Portugal is still a backward country’ What is the state of Portugal’s democracy in the year that centre-left prime minister António Costa took over the European Chairmanship and centre-right president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was re-elected on a second term in office with a clear 61% of the votes.   […]

Unsustainable

Portugal’s brittle healthcare system is under growing pressure due to an unprecedented rise in coronavirus infections as a result of a relaxation of the measures during Christmas. Even after a stricter lockdown was put in place on the 15th of January, the number of new cases continued to rise to over 1000 per 100.000 inhabitants. […]

Rivals

Lisbon and Porto – the country’s two largest cities – are rivals.Not equivalent or complementary, much less comparable. Fernando Lemos (1926-2019) – artist, photographer, painter and poet expressed it his way. ‘I am from Porto but I am a Lisboeta. More than Portuguese, I am a Lisboeta.I think Lisbon is the place from where to […]

Mains

Traditional food is based on fish, seafood or pork with lots of olive oil. Bacalhau is the undisputed National dish, especially on Christmas Eve when 4 to 5 thousand tons of Norwegian cod is devoured.Cod became prominent during the Discovery Era because it could be stored for longer periods. You can see and smell the […]

Residents

Portuguese citizenship is hot. The latest report by the borders agency SEF shows that last year more than 74,000 foreigners applied for Portuguese nationality. For the first time in history, the country’s foreign resident population exceeds half a million people (5% of the total population). Most requests for citizenship are related to naturalization and reunion. […]