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

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

Financial Times
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.

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
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
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...

Portugal may face some export difficulties in 2019 - minister  The Portugal News

Portugal's minister of economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, has said that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit could cause Portugal "some difficulties in exports," since the ...

The Portugal News
Portugal makes a voluntary contribution - News  Council of Europe

The government of Portugal has made a voluntary contribution of €10,000 towards reducing the European Court of Human Rights backlog of well-founded cases ...

Council of Europe
Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring  Seattle Times

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of ...

Seattle Times
Portugal's tourism boom halted by Brexit, airport problems  Channel NewsAsia

Portugal's long-running tourism boom is set to move decisively into reverse in 2019 due to capacity constraints at Lisbon airport and a drop in ...

Channel NewsAsia
Spend 'A Night in Portugal' at the Chamber Awards  Tillamook Headlight-Herald

The Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce aims to tease your travel bug with this year's Community Awards Banquet.

Tillamook Headlight-Herald
Portugal among candidates to host Europride  The Portugal News

Portugal is hoping to host Europride, the world's biggest event celebrating gay pride in Europe, with its application standing out for wanting to spread diversity ...

The Portugal News
Rio Ferdinand is heading to Portugal for summer and fans are being invited along  Mirror Online

Rio Ferdinand is the face of a new partnership and one family will get to spend a week playing football with the star.

Mirror Online
'Legalise cannabis use to combat crime, boost public health'  The Portugal News

Portugal's Association of Studies on Cannabis, also known as Cannativa, has argued that proposals to legalise cannabis for recreational use would be "a great ...

The Portugal News
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
All casinos in Portugal found success in 2018  CalvinAyre.com

Casinos across the Portuguese landscape enjoyed a slight uptick in performance last year. Compared to figures from 2017.

Portugal Not Only Refuses to Abolish the Golden Visa Scheme But Also Expands It With 'Green Visas'  SchengenVisaInfo.com

The Parliament of the Portuguese Republic has turned down a bill proposed by the opposition parties to abolish the Golden Visa Scheme. The opposition came ...

Where To Travel In 2019: Douro Valley, Portugal  Forbes

As you set your 2019 travel goals, imagine drifting down a lush river, surrounded by vineyards and blue sky. Portugal's Douro Valley is a UNESCO World ...

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.

maria fradinho articulates the arch house with large gable roof in portugal  Designboom

the arch house aims to make reference to industrial architecture by the form of the roof and the use of metallic materials.

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.

Municipal firefighters to protest against new pay structure  The Portugal News

Portugal's municipal professional firefighters are on Thursday morning to gather in Lisbon for a national protest in front of the cabinet office, to be timed to ...

The Portugal News
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
Perfect Portugal: Country delights visitors with food, fun and adventure  austin360

From a cliff high above Praia do Amado, along the windswept coast of Portugal, I can see dozens of surfers far below, bobbing like neoprene-clad seals as they ...

Sport and refugees case study: Comité Olímpico de Portugal  sportanddev.org

The "Live Sport - Embrace the Future" project aims to promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for refugees in Portugal.

What’s new in Spain and Portugal for 2019  Seattle Times

Spain and Portugal have a continually evolving sightseeing scene, so it's important to travel in 2019 with the latest information to get the most out of your ...

Seattle Times
Yellow Jackets flop in Portugal  POLITICO.eu

Campaign to bring country to a halt tests the exportability of the protest movement.

Mourinho: I have no intention of working in Portugal  MARCA.com

Jose Mourinho is currently without a job after being sacked as Manchester United manager last month.This week the Portuguese coach reportedly...

Ronaldo leads Juventus to first trophy of the season  The Portugal News

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal secured the Italian Super Cup for Juventus after a 1-0 win over 10-man AC Milan.

The Portugal News
martins architecture office constructs large reflective warehouse in portugal  Designboom

martins architecture office has designed a large warehouse building in guimarães, portugal. the site is located in the vale do ave region, an area which has been ...

Solange, Stereolab, Rosalia & more playing Portugal edition of Primavera Sound  Brooklyn Vegan

The Portugal edition of Primavera sound will also include Erykah Badu, Stereolab, Interpol, Jarvis Cocker, James Blake, Modeselektor, Danny Brown, Mura ...

Brooklyn Vegan
Government of Portugal urged to stop withholding public information on Golden Visas  Transparency International

Issued by Transparência e Integridade, Associação Cívica (TIAC). Translations: PT. Updated at 11:40, 10 January, 2019. The bill will be discussed today and ...

Transparency International
Portugal condemns Nairobi terror attack - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

LISBON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Portuguese government strongly condemned on Wednesday the terrorist attack at an upmarket business complex in Kenyan ...

Ireland set for Portugal camp ahead of Six Nations  Independent.ie

The Irish rugby team will begin their preparations for the Six Nations in Portugal next week as Joe Schmidt takes the squad on a warm-weather training camp.

Why Portugal Is One of Europe's Crown Jewels, by Travel Writers  Creators Syndicate

By Doug Hansen. "To travel is to live," proclaimed Hans Christian Andersen, and for two weeks my wife and I lived our dream of exploring Portugal's towns, wine ...

Creators Syndicate
Lisbon declares war on plastic waste  The Portugal News

Lisbon wants to eliminate the use of throw-away plastic cups.

The Portugal News
Irish couple robbed twice during nightmare holiday in Portugal  The Irish Times

Donegal man complains insurance company did not cover cost of theft in Albufeira.

The Irish Times
'Yellow vest' protesters attempt to stop traffic in Portugal  Reuters

A few hundred "yellow vest" protesters demanding lower taxes and inspired by riots in Paris took to the streets across Portugal on Friday in an attempt to stop ...

Portugal: An introduction to public law – The Lawyer | Legal insight, benchmarking data and jobs  The Lawyer

Register now to The Lawyer to access our latest news stories, read selected briefings from key firms and gain essential careers insight to help you make the ...

The Lawyer
Rain to return from Wednesday  The Portugal News

Rain is expected to return to mainland Portugal from Wednesday and minimum temperatures are to rise, the meteorologist from Portugal's weather institute, ...

The Portugal News
Ticket boost for supporters of teams participating Nations League  The Portugal News

UEFA has announced that more than three quarters of the tickets at this summer's Nations League Finals matches in Portugal will be reserved for supporters of ...

The Portugal News
Portugal’s Costa Expects Friday’s Demonstration Will Be Orderly  Bloomberg

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said he expects that a planned Friday demonstration inspired by France's Yellow Vests movement will be orderly and ...

Cathay ticketing error … again: first-class fares at tenth of original price  South China Morning Post

Carrier promptly admits to mistake selling tickets for only US$1512, when full fares on similar routes cost US$16000. It says it will honour discounts.

South China Morning Post
Another pricing mistake! Now, $16,000 flight ticket from Portugal to Hong Kong sold for just $1,512  Times Now

Cathay Pacific has mistakenly sold the one-way first class flight tickets from Portugal to Hong Kong for $1512, which were actually valued at $16000.

Times Now
Portugal's government increases minimum wage  WWSB

Portugal's Socialist government has approved an increase in the country's minimum wage to 600 euros a month ($687) from Jan. 1.

Portugal: State council meets Thursday with EU chief Brexit negotiator  Macau Business

MNA, MNA Macau | Portugal's state council on Thursday is to meet with the European Union's chief negotiator for Brexit, France's Michel Barnier, to address "the ...

Macau Business
Lisbon would support UK request for extension or Brexit reversal  The Portugal News

Portugal would support a request from the United Kingdom (UK) to prolong its period of negotiations on Brexit, as well as a possible decision to reverse Brexit, ...

The Portugal News
Irish couple robbed at gunpoint while on holiday in Portugal  JOE.ie

An Irish couple have described how they were forced into a car at gunpoint and robbed while on holiday in Portugal recently. Dermot called into Joe Duffy on ...

Covão dos Conchos – Portugal  Atlas Obscura

Discover Covão dos Conchos in Portugal: This gaping hole in the middle of a remote mountain lake looks like a portal to another dimension.

Atlas Obscura
Portugal stocks higher at close of trade; PSI 20 up 0.62%  Investing.com

Investing.com – Portugal stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials, Industrials and Basic Materials sectors led shares higher.

Sailing Portugal’s River Of Gold  Leisure Group Travel

Cruise, Online Exclusives. Sailing Portugal's River Of Gold. CroisiEurope's Douro River cruises showcase Portugal's historical, cultural and culinary treasures.

Leisure Group Travel
Young Irishman airlifted to hospital after falling off cliff in Algarve, Portugal  Irish Mirror

Firefighters were also involved in the rescue operation.

Irish Mirror
Hacker who obtained illegal access to Benfica emails detained  The Portugal News

Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto, who illegally accessed the emails of football club Benfica, has been detained in Hungary, a police source told Lusa News Agency.

The Portugal News
Cristiano Ronaldo Comments On His Portugal Future  Soccer Laduma

Having not played for his country since the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has now commented on his future with the Portugal ...

Soccer Laduma
Tendering process opens to revitalise central Portugal  The Portugal News

A public initiative called Portugal Social Innovation launched a tendering process on Tuesday which is to allocate €1 million for the revitalisation of 19 ...

The Portugal News
First resettled refugees arrive in Portugal under new scheme  UNHCR

GENEVA / LISBON, 19 December 2018 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed the arrival this week in Lisbon of six refugee families originally from ...

Utah State went all the way to Portugal to find center Neemias Queta. He was worth the trip.  Salt Lake Tribune

True freshman who big man chose USU over Texas Tech, Saint Mary's and Creighton and is making an immediate impact on new-look Aggies. 0. Utah State ...

Salt Lake Tribune
Fuel prices up again  The Portugal News

Fuel prices have gone up once again this morning at the country's forecourts.

The Portugal News
Casillas: Porto won the league because of the coach  MARCA.com

Porto's 2017/18 Liga NOS win has been credited to coach Sergio Conceicao by goalkeeper Iker Casillas.With Benfica having won the four previous...

Renewables meet 55% of Portugal's power needs in 2018  Renewables Now

January 10 (Renewables Now) - Power from renewable energy sources met about 55.1% of Portugal's electricity demand in 2018, shows data from the Po.

Renewables Now
Portugal's Property Market Boom Shows Signs of Slowing Down  Bloomberg

Portugal's housing market, which created a bonanza for sellers and a cutthroat environment for local buyers, is starting to show signs of slowing down after the ...

Acciona closes its module factory in Portugal – pv magazine International  pv magazine International

The Spanish developer maintained manufacturing activities at the plant for 10 years with an average of more than 100 employees. The company previously ...

pv magazine International
NO DEAL BREXIT: Portugal will allow Brits to STAY, calls on UK to return the favour  Express.co.uk

They say even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, they do not want barriers between the two countries and insist Brits can continue to rely on their country as a ...

Jet2 has cut the price of Spain and Portugal flights - but it ends soon  Manchester Evening News

Holiday makers will this year will be able to get a helping hand from this flight provider. Jet2 are offering 10% off bookings until tomorrow only to popular ...

Manchester Evening News
Viacom, Endemol Shine Adapt ‘Lip Sync Battle’ for Portugal’s SIC  Variety

Viacom International Studios and Endemol Shine Group adapt hit format “Lip Sync Battle” for Portuguese broadcaster SIC.

Tourism confederation 'concerned' about Brexit effects on tourism  The Portugal News

The head of the Portuguese Confederation of Tourism (CTP), Francisco Calheiros, has said he is “concerned” with the consequences of Brexit on Portugal's ...

The Portugal News
Ronaldo announces Portugal return; Expects to be cleared in rape case  Yahoo Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the fold for Portugal in 2019, hoping to help the side to the first UEFA Nations League Final. Ronaldo, 33, sat out Portugal's six ...

Yahoo Sports
Analyzing CHINA RESOURES/ADR (CRPJY) & EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (EDPFY)  Fairfield Current

EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (OTCMKTS:EDPFY) and CHINA RESOURES/ADR (OTCMKTS:CRPJY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior ...

Fairfield Current
There's a Lot to Love About Lisbon, Portugal  International Living

I first visited Portugal on a stopover while flying to Spain some years ago. I stayed in Lisbon…enjoyed tours to Sintra, Cascais, and Cabo de Roca…and...

International Living
Renewables account for 52% of Portugal's consumption in 2018  Renewables Now

January 4 (Renewables Now) - Non-hydro renewable sources generated 29.5% of Portugal's electricity in 2018, data from the Portuguese power utility.

Renewables Now
Overexposed: The castles of Sintra, Portugal. Underappreciated: The walled city of Evora.  The Washington Post

Offering alternatives to overcrowded destinations. Storybook Sintra is deluged with tourists. After a visit in 1809, young Lord Byron called the Portuguese city of ...

The Washington Post
Lockheed, Boeing Likely Options if Portugal Abandons Embraer KC-390 Buy  Defenseworld.net

Lockheed Martin C130J and Boeing A400 may find their way into Portugal's plans to acquire military transport aircraft if the nation decides to abandon Embraer ...

The Perfect Southern Portugal Road Trip Itinerary  coveteur.com

We made what we think is the perfect week-long Southern Portugal road trip itinerary to take you from Lisbon to Lagos to Carvoeiro and back to Lisbon with a ...

Portugal-based 20tree.ai using NVIDIA powered AI solution for smarter forest management  TechGenYZ

Portugal-based 20tree.ai partners with NVIDIA to create smarter forest monitoring to combat the current climate change more effectively.

Portugal ratified the MEDICRIME Convention - Newsroom  Council of Europe

Portugal has deposited the instrument of ratification of the MEDICRIME Convention. The Convention will enter into force concerning Portugal on 1st April 2019.

Council of Europe
Warrington Wolves enjoy perfect preparation in Portugal  Warrington Guardian

THE Wire could not have had things much better on their training camp in Portugal.

Warrington Guardian
Arsenal defensive target makes shock return to Portugal  Teamtalk.com

Reported Arsenal target Pepe has completed a free-transfer move to Porto.

Praia da Ursa – Colares, Portugal  Atlas Obscura

Discover Praia da Ursa in Colares, Portugal: In Portugal, a secluded stretch of untouched natural beauty hides at the bottom of a steep hill.

Atlas Obscura
Portugal splashes the cash ahead of elections  POLITICO.eu

The government is pumping money into railways, airports and urban mobility.

Exploring Alentejo: A Window into Portugal's Jewish Past  The Jewish Voice

The Alentejo is the beautiful region of Portugal that lies between the Algarve and central Lisbon region. This vast and sparsely populated area covers over 30 ...

The Jewish Voice
Canadian women to play in Spain and Portugal in pre-World Cup tests  CBC.ca

Canada will play Switzerland and Norway in advance of the Algarve Cup in late February as it ramps up preparations for the Women's World Cup in France this ...

AC Milan rumored to be on the verge of landing teenage Sporting Portugal defender Tiago Djalo  The Offside

With all of the rumors swirling around the situation involving Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus, and Chelsea, it's easy to forget that there are other transfer priorities at ...

The Offside
Tender for new Lisbon Metro stations launched today  The Portugal News

A tender for the construction of two new Metro subway stations in Lisbon, in the Estrela and Santos neighbourhoods, and the subsequent extension of the yellow ...

The Portugal News
From Portugal: Midfielder does a U-turn and rejects Manchester City after visiting club  City Watch

Tiago Dantas had one foot in Manchester City after visiting the club's facilities over Christmas, but the Benfica starlet has reportedly had a change of heart.

City Watch
Sting, John Mayer, Luke Combs and Portugal. The Man Will Play Aspen Festival  Westword

Denver isn't lacking for Labor Day concert opportunities, but in 2019, one of the hottest lineups on the calendar is happening up in the mountains, at the Jazz ...

Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo sells his mansion in Cheshire  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo has finally sold his mansion at Cheshire for £3.25 million eleven years after acquiring the property.

Photo gallery, Warrington Wolves training camp in Portugal  Warrington Guardian

WARRINGTON Wolves' preparations for the new Betfred Super League season are stepping up a level during a warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Warrington Guardian
Portugal Braces as Winter Bites  The Portugal News

Contingency plans have been brought into force in various parts of the country as the first real cold snap of this winter sinks its teeth in.

The Portugal News
First plastic-free flight in decades departs Lisbon  CTV News

The first of four plastic-free flights departed Portugal on Boxing Day in a bid by an aircraft leasing company to banish the material from its planes by the end of ...

CTV News
Liverpool, Everton in battle for cut-price €40m Portugal sensation  Teamtalk.com

Liverpool and Everton are being tipped to go head to head in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes this month.

Portugal's “Game of the Year” in Lisbon's bottom division  PortuGOAL.net

The “game of the year” happened in Portugal this weekend in Lisbon's lowest division. Amadora's CD Estrela took on CF Os Belenenses at the Estádio José ...

Man Utd transfer news: £68m asking price set for ‘Portugal’s most expensive transfer ever’ | Daily Star  Daily Star

MANCHESTER UNITED and Real Madrid have reportedly been told they must pay £68m if they want to sign Porto defender Eder Militao.

Daily Star
From Portugal: Manchester City interested in Sporting defender, West Ham & Lazio also keen  City Watch

Manchester City have expressed an interest in signing Sporting B defender Tiago Djaló who is at the centre of a contract dispute, Portuguese newspaper O ...

City Watch
From Portugal: Manchester City to offer five-year deal to Tiago Djaló  City Watch

Manchester City want to add one of Portuguese football's top prospects to their enviable collection of young talents, and are making a move to sign Tiago Djaló ...

City Watch
Portugal national team odds on to be Mourinho's next job  Calciomercato.com english news

Jose Mourinho is now odds on to become the next manager of the Portuguese national team, with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich touted to be his ...

Calciomercato.com english news
Portugal’s Francesinha Sandwich  NowThis

Watch Portugal's Francesinha Sandwich, a Food video from NowThis.

TAP Portugal To Use A321Neo Long Range On Washington Flights  Simple Flying

According to TAP Air Portugal's schedule, the airline will fly the Airbus A321LR on the Lisbon (LIS) to Washington-Dulles (IAD) route. The Portuguese airline ...

Simple Flying
Portugal paratroops in five-hour firefight with UPC militia in Central African Republic  The Defense Post

Portuguese peacekeepers battled for five hours to restore order after militants killed two police officers in Bambari, Central African Republic.

The Defense Post
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.

Raul Meireles performs on ‘Lip Sync Portugal’ and fans loved ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder’s displ  talkSPORT

Raul Meireles has always had his own style and the former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder is clearly loving life after football.

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, 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).