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Portugal

Bilateral relationship

Direct contact between New Zealand and Portugal has over recent years focused on Timor Leste, where a considerable amount of warmth has been generated. Both countries have a commitment to supporting the reconstruction and development of Timor Leste and are working together to achieve these aims.

Portugal has been generally supportive of New Zealand's concerns on EU trade access issues. Bilateral trade is small, but evenly balanced. On human rights, environment and oceans issues, there is some policy complimentarity.

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Key facts

Geography/Demographics

Land Area - 92,142 sq km (Portuguese Government)
Population - 10.61 million (2007 estimate)
Capital City  - Lisbon
Language  - Portuguese

Political

Political system - Parliamentary republic

National government -Council of Ministers led by the Prime Minister
National legislature -Unicameral Parliament with members elected for a maximum term of four years
Last election - June 2011 (Parliamentary), January 2011 (Presidential)
Next election - By June 2015 (Parliamentary), January 2016 (Presidential)
Head of State - President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
Head of Government -  Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho

Economic (2010)

GDP $US229 billion
Real GDP growth 1.5%
Exports US$48.8 billion
Imports US$72.1 billion
Main exports Industrial goods, consumer goods and transport equipment, clothing, wood, pulp and paper, stone, ceramic and glass products
Current account deficit -US$21.3 million
Inflation 1.4%
Unemployment 10.8%
Currency Euro

New Zealand Trade (2010)

NZ Exports NZ$34 million
Main Exports Sheepmeat, wool, seafood, fruit
NZ Imports NZ$19 million
Main Imports Cork, footwear, fortified wine (port), machinery, glass products

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Visits

New Zealand Ministerial Visits to Portugal

Portuguese Ministerial Visits to New Zealand

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Representation

Travel advice

The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to Portugal [external link].

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Page last updated: Monday, 09 December 2013 13:00 NZDT