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Eder Militao named best defender in Portugal for fourth successive month  MARCA.com

Porto are enjoying the fruits of their famed scouting system once more, with Eder Militao being voted as the best defender in Portuguese football for the fourth ...

Portugal tackles labor trafficking on farms but resources scarce  Reuters

Portugal is cracking down on labor trafficking, carrying out thousands of raids on farms suspected of trapping poor migrants in unpaid work, with the known ...

Massimo Zanetti buys Cafes Nandi to boost coffee production in Portugal  euronews

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's Massimo Zanetti Beverage said on Wednesday it had signed a deal to buy Portugal's Cafes Nandi in a move to boost coffee production ...

Here Comes Portugal  Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

Fado is the national song of Portugal. This melancholy singing expression of the state of the soul (from the Latin word fatum) signifies prophecy or fate…a life.

Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
HBO Launches in Portugal  Variety

Winter is coming to Portugal. In a bid to further expand its footprint in Europe, Time Warner has launched its premium *content* streaming *service* HBO in Portugal.

Portugal’s O Som e A Furia’s 2019 Slate: ‘Patrick,’ ‘Technoboss,’ ‘Frankie,’ ‘Pedro’  Variety

Breaking down the slate of films scheduled to release in 2019 from Portugal's O Som e A Furia.

A New Style Of Luxury Along The Beaches Of Portugal's Algarve: Grand House  Forbes

Along Portugal's gorgeous southern coast luxury hotels tend to fall into two camps: the luxury of old-school grandeur and the luxury of simplicity. So it comes as a ...

Opinion | Some thoughts on love from Portugal  southwesternontario.ca

We have great travel agents — sisters — who also love to travel. In the past two years, they have arranged for us: a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest; ...

Portugal’s Strong Presence at the 2019 Berlinale  Variety

Seven Portuguese titles will screen during the Berlinale, and a bevy of Portuguese producers are attending the European Film Market seeking co-producers and ...

Eleven Sports strikes pay-TV deals in Portugal  Broadcast

Sports streamer achieves 100% pay-TV distribution in country, in a boost to the company after difficult few weeks.

Football: Benfica romp to 10-0 win in Portugal  Channel NewsAsia

LISBON: Benfica routed Nacional Madeira 10-0 in the Portuguese first division on Sunday (Feb 10) to move just one point behind leaders Porto. ...

Channel NewsAsia
Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group acquires Portugal's Cafés Nandi  FoodBev.com

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group has acquired Portuguese company Cafés Nandi as it responds to growing coffee demand from across Europe.

HBO launches service for Portugal  Digital TV Europe

HBO has launched a dedicated *service* for Portugal, giving audiences in the country access to full seasons of HBO and third-party shows, movies, ...

Digital TV Europe
WATCH: Brit-Ripper Stan Norman Having A Ball In Portugal  Wavelength Magazine

It's imperative for any sixteen-year-old British ripper looking to keep pace with the world's best to get out of England as much as possible. Luckily Bude based ...

Wavelength Magazine
MAC memories from Portugal  Tillsonburg News

The memories of competing at World Martial Arts Organization's World Championships in Portugal will last a lifetime for Martial Arts Canada teens Logan Brown ...

Tillsonburg News
Prospector Extends Mineralization at Portugal Project [AVPMF, AVU]  Streetwise Reports

Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (AVU:TSX.V; AVPMF:OTC: 8AM:FSE) announced in a news release it has finished drilling the seventh phase, or six holes totaling 2,498 ...

Streetwise Reports
Portugal: Yellow alert for the Algarve  Macau Business

MNA, MNA Macau | Portugal's Algarve region is to have a yellow alert in the upcoming days because of high seas and a moderate risk of fires, according to the ...

Macau Business
Spectacular hotel in Portugal offers a contemporary take on agritourism  TOPHOTELNEWS

The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio on the Douro River responds to its natural context to offer guests a unique experience. The Hotel Rural Casa do Rio in Portugal's ...

Starbucks Debuts Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cake in Portugal  VegNews

The international coffee chain continues to expand its vegan food offerings across Europe with a decadent vegan chocolate cake and pumpkin-stuffed ciabatta ...

Portugal boosts contribution to international missions  IHS Jane's 360

Portugal will contribute 2349 troops, 6 ships, 10 aircraft, and 66 tactical vehicles to 29 international missions in 2019, the country's Armed Forces General Staff ...

IHS Jane's 360
Gypsy community face 'unacceptable' conditions - MP  The Portugal News

The northeastern city of Bragança is the city in Portugal with the biggest gypsy community living in tents and camps and was chosen on Monday as the first place ...

The Portugal News
Portugal lifts restrictions on expanding projects  Windpower Monthly

Project operators in Portugal will be able to add turbines to up to 20% of the grid connection capacity at existing wind farms without regulatory permission under ...

Windpower Monthly
Here are the 5 hottest startups in Portugal  The Next Web

It might be everyone's dream to move to Portugal. Beautiful beaches, amazing food, and weather. Its vibrant startup scene is now another reason to add to the list ...

The Next Web
Love At First Sight: Portugal - Hartford Courant  Hartford Courant

Portugal l is quickly gaining traction as a romantic destination and global hotspot; it was named as the Leading World Destination at the 2018 World Travel ...

Hartford Courant
Correction: Travel-Portugal-Black History Month-Lagos  Minneapolis Star Tribune

LAGOS, Portugal — In a story Feb. 6 about a museum exploring a Portuguese town's role in the African slave trade, The Associated Press misidentified the ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Portugal sells 1bn euros of 10-, 15-year bonds, yields fall  Business Recorder

LISBON: Portugal sold all 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) total on offer of 10- and 15-year bonds in an auction on Wednesday, with yields falling from the.

Business Recorder
Huge pay-TV win for Eleven Sports in Portugal  Broadband TV News

Eleven Sports has signed long-term agreements with all four TV operators – Altice, Nos, Nowo and Vodafone – in Portugal. As a result, it will be available for ...

Broadband TV News
Portugal's Debt Appeal Grows After Strong 2018 Run for Investors  Bloomberg

Portuguese bonds look set to extend their peer-beating performance into 2019, after providing investors with the best returns among peripheral euro-area debt ...

Portugal plans special lanes for Britons in airports after Brexit  The Guardian

Portugal plans to open dedicated corridors in its airports so British tourists continue to get fast-track access after Brexit whether the UK leaves with or without a ...

The Guardian
Lisbon's bad week: police brutality reveals Portugal's urban reality  The Guardian

A viral video of police violence has brought national attention to the long-ghettoised community in Bairro da Jamaica.

The Guardian
Burnley captain on benefits of Portugal trip  Lancashire Telegraph

BURNLEY skipper Tom Heaton believes some time in the sun can help Burnley recharge for the final 12 games of the Premier League season.

Lancashire Telegraph
Portugal’s opposition woes  POLITICO.eu

Conservative leader clings on to power, but the center right is deeply divided.

Big hotel brands set their sights on Portugal's cities  Real Views

With Lisbon and Porto fast building a global reputation as top city break destinations, international hotel groups are flocking to these booming tourism markets.

Real Views
Portugal Posts Biggest Budget Surplus Since Start of Euro  Bloomberg

The Portuguese government's fourth budget surplus since the introduction of the euro in 1999 is also its biggest. The third-quarter reading of 3.6 percent was the ...

Watch: Stopping for Sushi in Portugal’s Colorful Coastal Town, Aveiro  Eater

The Harris family fuels a beach day with sushi, crepes, and pressed sandwiches.

Video: Danny Hart POV from Testing in Portugal  Pinkbike.com

Danny and the Madison Saracen Factory Team headed to Ponte De Lima for a week of riding in good weather.

HBO Portugal Launched  Blouinartinfo UK

HBO Europe launched its newest direct-to-consumer streaming *service*, HBO Portugal, bringing all seasons of HBO's award-winning programing to Portuguese ...

Blouinartinfo UK
Portugal hit by nurses’ ‘surgical strike’ movement  Financial Times

Crowdfunded industrial action to lift wages heaps pressure on António Costa's government.

Financial Times
Altice gears up for Portugal cable network sale - sources  Yahoo Finance

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Debt-burdened telecom carrier Altice Europe is gearing up to sell a stake in its high-speed fibre network business in Portugal ...

Yahoo Finance
Magistrate considers major corruption trial in Portugal  The Seattle Times

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese magistrate is deciding whether there is enough evidence to put a former prime minister and two dozen other ...

The Seattle Times
Portugal protests: Police station attacked, cars torched  Aljazeera.com

The attacks came after police allegedly brutalised anti-racism protesters in Lisbon, which rarely sees such violence.

Portugal airports to introduce separate passport lanes for Britons after Brexit  Euronews English

Portugal has promised fast-track airport access and no visa requirements for Brits after Brexit in a bid to retain its biggest source of tourists.

Euronews English
Resale house prices expected to drop in 2019  The Portugal News

The prices of resale homes in Portugal are expected to decline this year as newly built homes help to ease the lack of supply within the country.

The Portugal News
Communications sector complaints up 3%; in postal sector up 43%  The Portugal News

Customers made 104000 formal complaints relating to the communications sector last year, up 3% from 2017, with the increase dominated by a 43% rise in the ...

The Portugal News
$13.2 Million Villa Lists At Portugal's Quinta Do Lago Golf Resort  Forbes

Golf season is back in swing. What better time to hook a villa next to one of Europe's premiere golf courses? Tucked in Portugal's Algarve region, this charming ...

Portugal minister says his country may have found the secret to containing populism  CNBC

Portugal's economy minister believes that spreading the benefits among a population is the best way to quash the anti-establishment or populist sentiment that ...

Portugal: Prime minister asks if skin color shaped questions  Washington Post

The prime minister of Portugal caused uproar in parliament when he asked if the color of his skin prompted a lawmaker's questions.

Washington Post
The hottest new hotels, villas and spas in Portugal  The Times

Unless stated, prices are for Easter in Villas and Families, and June in Couples and Wellness VILLASCasa Blanca, AlgarveSleeps 10Near the village of Estoi, ...

The Times
How Portugal Is Becoming the Next Hotbed for Menswear  Esquire

The European nation has a long tradition of craftsmanship. But a new batch of brands is taking things a step further.

Raul Meireles stuns Portugal with his jaw-dropping dancing  MARCA.com

Football fans in Portugal and around the world have become fascinated by footage of former Porto, Liverpool and Chelsea player Raul Meireles...

Watch: Traveling to Porto, Portugal’s and Trying the Iconic Francesinha Sandwich  Eater

Filmmaker and vlogger Iz Harris is finding herself a bit starry-eyed in Porto, Portugal — her fifth and final stop with her family on their trip up and down Portugal's ...

England add star to Portugal training camp  RugbyPass

England have made an addition to their squad for the Ireland Test. The England men's squad will depart for Portugal tomorrow to begin preparations to play ...

Maritime police rescue 25 migrants in Greece  The Portugal News

Portuguese maritime police rescued 25 migrants, including 13 children, 5 women and 7 men, on board a dinghy boat off the Greek island of Lesbos.

The Portugal News
Reviewing EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (EDPFY) and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S (EBR)  Fairfield Current

EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (OTCMKTS:EDPFY) and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S (NYSE:EBR) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior ...

Fairfield Current
Portugal: Aftermath of Conference on Basic Income | BIEN  Basic Income News

Minho, Portugal. Picture credit to: Notícias ao Minuto. Last Wednesday there was a Conference on Basic Income at Universidade do Minho, called “Rendimento ...

Basic Income News
More rain, wind to pound France, Spain and Portugal following Storm Gabriel  AccuWeather.com

Storm Gabriel brought wind, rain and snow to parts western Europe from Tuesday into Wednesday, and another storm is on the way.

Ireland set for Portugal trip ahead of Six Nations  RTE.ie

Joe Schmidt will take his Ireland squad away to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp ahead of the opening game of the Six Nations against England.

Where to Eat After Visiting the Castles of Sintra, Portugal  Eater

After visiting Pena Palace in the foothills of Portugal's Sintra Mountains, stop at Tascantiga for petiscos—or small plates—of octopus salad, beef cheek and more.

From Portugal: Rather big hurdle in way of Wolves making impressive signing  Sport Witness

A couple of days ago, the English media reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers would be interested in signing João Félix from Benfica.

Sport Witness
Next World Youth Day to be held in Portugal  Catholic News Service

PANAMA CITY (CNS) -- Lisbon, Portugal, will open its doors to the world's young people in 2022 for the next World Youth Day. The announcement of Portugal ...

Catholic News Service
TAP Air Portugal Grew More Than 10 Percent in 2018; Carried Record 16 Million Passengers Last Year  GlobeNewswire

The 73 Year Old Airline is Now One of the World's Top 10 Fastest Growing Airlines; Adding *Service* from Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC this Year.

There are now more microplastic particles than fish larvae in Portugal's Douro estuary  Euronews English

There are more microplastics particles than fish larvae in the mouth of the Douro estuary near Porto, Portugal. That's the conclusion reached by a study from the ...

Euronews English
Portugal's Largest Wine Company Bets Big on White Wine Grape Arinto | News | News & Features  Wine Spectator

The Portuguese wine group Sogrape Vinhos is making a big bet on a white grape you may not have heard of: Arinto. Last month, the company acquired Quinta ...

Wine Spectator
Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Get a fresh perspective on Lisbon, Portugal's hidden capital  Stuff.co.nz

Chris Leadbeater finds art in unlikely places on a tour of the Portuguese capital's hidden attractions.

Portugal's public debt on 'downward trend' - Fitch  Yahoo Finance

Portugal's public debt is still high but Fitch is confident that the country's debt trajectory is on a "downward trend", the director of sovereign ratings at the agency ...

Yahoo Finance
Portugal: 3 detained amid attacks on police, racial tensions  Minneapolis Star Tribune

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese police detained three juveniles Thursday amid a spate of attacks on police and night-time burnings of sidewalk trash cans and ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
No-deal Brexit: Portugal makes special arrangements for UK tourists  The Independent

Amid the deepening uncertainty about Brexit, Portugal has seized the initiative to entice British travellers after the UK leaves the European Union.

The Independent
Before World Cup, US women spend rare time alone in Portugal  ESPN

The U.S. women will be on the grandest stage this summer. But time alone in Portugal for their annual January camp was the perfect start to 2019.

Woman stripped, stabbed, scalped by gypsies in Portugal in ‘ritual shaming’  NEWS.com.au

A British beauty was stabbed and had her hair hacked off in a “ritual shaming” by a gypsy gang who wrongly accused her of having an affair with a married man ...

Portugal’s only rural Jewish community seeks a seat at the table  JTA News

BELMONTE, Portugal (JTA) — To a casual observer, the weekend routines of the Jewish community of this placid town of about 6,000 in eastern Portugal are ...

JTA News
Portugal's 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Finalists Announced: Listen  Billboard

Portuguese national broadcasting company RTP has released the songs that are in the running to represent Portugal at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Are Portugal's offshore wind projections ambitious or absurd?  Windpower Monthly

The offshore wind investment plan, presented to Portugal's parliament this month, has been met with widespread scepticism. Is this the real life, or is this just ...

Windpower Monthly
Looking for a GP in Europe? Head to Portugal, but don't be tempted to try Spain  Euronews English

Portugal has more general medical practitioners per 100,000 people than any other country in the European Union, while Greece has the least, according to ...

Euronews English
Cruises: P&O cruise ship to offer ‘hidden secrets’ to customers in brand new holiday sale  Express

CRUISES are a wonderful way to explore the world without having to unpack more than once - and P&O Cruises have revealed a brand new itinerary which ...

Lawmakers In Portugal Debate Two Marijuana Legalization Bills  Marijuana Moment

Members of Portugal's parliament debated two bills that would legalize marijuana on Thursday. Though the country's Left Bloc and People-Animals-Nature ...

Marijuana Moment
Roman cemetery found next to one of Portugal's best restaurants  New York Post

LISBON — Portuguese archaeologists digging near one of Lisbon's most iconic restaurants, the Solar dos Presuntos (Manor of Hams), have discovered a large ...

New York Post
He Helped Jews Escape the Holocaust. He Died Unknown.  The New York Times

Aristides de Sousa Mendes was his name. We should remember his courage.

The New York Times
Portugal's strike wave intensifies  World Socialist Web Site

January saw an intensification of the strike wave that erupted last year protesting the policies of Portugal's Socialist Party (PS) government. The PS came to ...

World Socialist Web Site
Altice Portugal may not seek DTT licence renewal |  Advanced Television

Altice Portugal has made known that it may not seek the renewal of its current DTT network operator licence when it expires. The decision comes after the ...

Advanced Television
Mature Sunil Chhetri can now play in Portugal top-tier: Oceano da Cruz  Times of India

Football News: Oceano da Cruz watched India's matches at the Asian Cup 2019 with more than just passing interest. Assistant to Carlos Queiroz with the Iran ...

Times of India
Dates for Loulé carnival announced  The Portugal News

Loulé has announced it will be staging its famous carnival parade this year on 3, 4 and 5 March.

The Portugal News
Ronaldo hits the top spot  The Portugal News

Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals for Juventus in the 3-3 draw against Parma, took his tally for the season to seventeen as he became Serie A leading goal scorer.

The Portugal News
England call up Jonathan Joseph to Six Nations squad for Portugal trip  The Guardian

The centre is in contention to play against Ireland in opener but there is no place for Danny Cipriani despite injury to Owen Farrell.

The Guardian
Cincinnati Musician Adam Flaig Absorbed New Experiences in Portugal to Create His Transformative Album 'O Turista'  Cincinnati CityBeat

Adam FlaigPhoto: Filipe Cunha of Viewpoint ToursSitting down with Adam Flaig to discuss his recently completed solo record, O Turista, it's evident that the ...

Cincinnati CityBeat
BBC Weather: Europe braces for HEAVY SNOW as extreme weather hits Portugal and Spain  Express.co.uk

EUROPE is bracing for some brutally cold weather as several areas of low pressure hit the continent with heavy rain showers, freezing gales and snow, BBC ...

LDS missionary dies while serving in Portugal  KUTV 2News

A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died while serving in Portugal, according to a statement released by The Church. Elder Joao ...

KUTV 2News
Portugal's Festival Forte reveals first names for 2019  Resident Advisor

The deep techno and experimental event will host the likes of Murcof + Malo Lacroix, Forest Drive West, Phase Fatale and Freddy K at Castelo ...

Resident Advisor
Five foreigners detained on suspicion of fraud, money laundering  The Portugal News

Portugal's Polícia Judiciária (PJ), the main national criminal investigation force, has detained five foreign citizens suspected of criminal association, money ...

The Portugal News
TAP Air Portugal Flights Are All Half Off Right Now  Condé Nast Traveler

If you've already reached that point in 2019 where you need to escape the daily grind, then have we got a flight deal for you: This morning, TAP Air Portugal ...

Condé Nast Traveler
MSC invests in Portugal's largest dry port  Container Management

MSC is investing in the construction of Portugal's largest dry port in Lousado, aiming to cater to exporters and shippers in the north of the country. The terminal ...

Container Management
Ingram Micro launches OnePlus 6T in Portugal  Telecompaper

Ingram Micro will launch the OnePlus 6T smartphone in Portugal on 14 February, reports Exame Informatica. The model will be exclusively on sale at Fnac ...

Portugal's Galp pares back production targets on Brazil delays  S&P Global Platts

Galp, Portugal's largest oil and gas company, has pared back its forecast for upstream volume for the next two years on late startups in two of its Brazil offshore ...

S&P Global Platts
Monaco sign Portugal winger Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid  ESPN

Martins, 23, has made only 12 appearances under manager Diego Simeone since joining them in a controversial move last July.

Delray Beach teen represents U.S. in Portugal fustal competition  Sun Sentinel

Delray Beach teen Ashley Small got a taste of international soccer competition when she represented U.S. Youth Futsal International in Portugal recently.

Sun Sentinel
BETT 2019: Portugal’s JP.IK is keeping the Classmate PC idea alive  ZDNet

The Slide T301 is JP.IK's new 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine for kids. It works with an active pen and even has a built-in carrying handle. Photo: JP.IK.

Portugal's Novo Banco Halts Transfer of Venezuelan Gov't Funds - Official  Sputnik International

Last week, the US State Department announced that Washington had certified the authority of Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaido to control some assets ...

Sputnik International
12 tips to make the most of your trip to Portugal  INSIDER

From walking the streets to tasting authentic local cuisine, here are some tips for experiencing Portugal like a local.

China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements  WECT

Portugal is embracing China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.

Portugal Explores The Dark Side Of Its Colonial Past  NPR

In the capital Lisbon, 2 public projects represent different views of the country's colonial past. One is a memorial to victims of slavery and the other is a museum ...


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Portugal (Portuguese: [puɾtuˈɣal]), officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa [ʁɛˈpuβlikɐ puɾtuˈɣezɐ]), is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.Portugal is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled, invaded and fought over since prehistoric times. The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples.Portugal as a country was established during the Christian Reconquista against the Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD. Despite attempts at independence since its foundation as a county in 868, only after the Battle of São Mamede in 1128, where Portuguese forces led by Afonso Henriques defeated forces led by his mother, Queen Teresa, the County of Portugal affirmed its sovereignty and Afonso styled himself Prince of Portugal. He would later be proclaimed King of Portugal at the Battle of Ourique in 1139 and was recognised as such, by neighbouring kingdoms, on the Treaty of Zamora, in 1143.In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic, political and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) (1488), Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India (1497–98) and the European discovery of Brazil (1500). During this time Portugal monopolized the spice trade, and the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, the Industrial Revolution, the Seven Years' War, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil (1822), erased to an extent Portugal's prior opulence.After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, later being superseded by the Estado Novo right-wing authoritarian regime. Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974, ending the Portuguese Colonial War. Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories. The handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of what can be considered the longest-lived colonial empire.Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe, a legacy of 300 million Portuguese speakers, and many Portuguese-based creoles. A member of the United Nations and the European Union, Portugal was also one of the founding members of NATO, the eurozone, the OECD, and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. It is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. It is the 4th most peaceful country in the world, and its state is the 15th most stable one, maintained under a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government. Additionally, the country ranks highly in terms of democracy (10th), social progress (20th), prosperity (25th), press freedom (14th), moral freedom (3rd), LGBTI rights (7th in Europe), ease of doing business (29th) and road network (2nd).