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CultureShock! Portugal

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CultureShock! Portugal is every reader's guide to living, working and adapting to life in this beautiful, charming country. Packed full of useful information, this book will answer all your questions and provide you with much, much more. Find out how to obtain a work visa, how to enrol your children in the schooling system, where to live, and what to bring from home. As well as providing the practical information essential for anyone moving to a foreign land, this book guides you through the picturesque countryside, from vineyards to almond groves. Visit old-fashioned villages where bar owners know their patrons and grocers know their customers. Discover how the work environment ticks and what is important to the Portuguese people. For anyone wanting to truly understand and experience what it is like to live in Portugal, CultureShock! Portugal is a must read.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Dedication
  10. Map of Portugal
  11. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. About the Land
    2. About the People
  12. Chapter 2: A Look at the Land
    1. Geography
    2. Population
    3. Portugal’s Regions
    4. The Natural Environment
    5. Climate
    6. Time
    7. Portugal Then and Now
    8. The New Portugal
    9. The Economy
    10. Government and Political System
  13. Chapter 3: Portuguese Realities
    1. Still the Poor House of Europe?
    2. Gender Disparities
    3. Race Relations
    4. A Country of Emigrants
    5. Internal Migration
    6. Rural Ways of Life
    7. Urban Living
    8. Sentiments and Perceptions
  14. Chapter 4: Understanding the Portuguese
    1. The Ever-present Past
    2. Traditions and Transitions
    3. Family Life
    4. Friendship
    5. Love Relationships
    6. Marriage
    7. Children
    8. The Twilight Years
    9. Death and Dying
    10. The Portuguese about Themselves
    11. The Portuguese about Foreigners
    12. A Deeply Rooted Faith
    13. Religious Practices
    14. Catholic Celebrations and Traditions
    15. Other Religions
    16. Do as the Portuguese Do
    17. In Conversation
    18. Appearances
    19. Manners and Demeanors
  15. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Before you Leave Home
    2. Entry Requirements
    3. Documentation and Other Formalities
    4. Setting Up Home
    5. Utilities in Your Home
    6. Initial Adjustments
    7. Portugal for Children
    8. Expatriates in Portugal
    9. Shopping
    10. Postal Service
    11. Telecommunications
    12. Financial Matters
    13. The Media
    14. Getting Around
    15. Driving in Portugal
    16. Law Enforcements, Crime and Safety
    17. Health Considerations
    18. Health Care
    19. Education
  16. Chapter 6: A Taste of Portugal
    1. The Daily Fare
    2. Eating In and Out
    3. Sustenance from the Sea
    4. Hearty Meat Dishes
    5. Favourite Soups
    6. Other Specialities
    7. Pastries
    8. Snacks and Appetisers
    9. Alcoholic Beverages
    10. Coffee Drinks
    11. Inviting and Being Invited
  17. Chapter 7: Enjoying Portugal
    1. Folklore and Tradition
    2. Handicrafts
    3. Traditional Folk Music
    4. Folkloric Dances
    5. Festivals, Fairs and Pilgrimages
    6. Touched by the Muses
    7. Socialising and Recreation
    8. Out on the Town
    9. The Performing Arts
  18. Chapter 8: Overcoming the Communication Barrier
    1. The Language Challenge
    2. Introduction to European Portuguese
    3. Pronunciation
    4. Stress
    5. Everyday Portuguese
    6. Proverbial Wisdom
    7. Gestures and Signs
  19. Chapter 9: Work and Business
    1. Working in Portugal
    2. Finding Work
    3. Employee Rights and Benefits
    4. Income Tax and Other Withholdings
    5. Doing Business in Portugal
    6. Business Etiquette and Style
    7. Women In Business
    8. Dressing for Business and Work
  20. Chapter 10: Fast Facts about Portugal
    1. Famous People
    2. Acronyms
    3. Places of Interest
  21. Culture Quiz
  22. Do’s and Don’ts
  23. Glossary
  24. Resource Guide
  25. Further Reading
  26. About the Author
  27. Index