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Living and working in Portugal

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the EU Member States. This page contains information, research and data for Portugal.

Country profile

Working life in Portugal - Highlights

2023 was the second year of government by the Socialist Party (PS), which has an absolute majority in the parliament. While this majority and the country’s economic growth (by 2.3%) has given the government a very stable mandate, the persistence of inflation, the escalation of housing costs, and the critical situation in the education and health sectors generated increasing social instability.



Life satisfaction

Data source: 2016 EQLS survey


Ability to choose or change methods of work

Data source: 2015 EWCS survey


Possibility to accumulate overtime for days off

Data source: 2013 ECS survey

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Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database collects national level policy measures on various topics.

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Restructuring events in Portugal

The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media and company websites in each EU Member State.


Correspondents in Portugal

Correspondents report on topics related to developments in the country's working life and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis. Read more

CESIS - Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social


Eurofound Management Board members form Portugal

Eurofound's Management Board is made up of representatives of the social partners and national governments of all Member States, European Commission representatives and an independent expert appointed by the European Parliament. Read more

Cristina Rodrigues Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security

Marcelino Pena Costa Confederation of Trade and Services of Portugal - CCP

Vanda Pereira Da Cruz General Workers’ Union (UGT)  


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