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Country name:
conventional long form: Portuguese Republic
conventional short form: Portugal
local long form: Republica Portuguesa
local short form: Portugal


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Government type:
parliamentary democracy

10,566,212 (July 2005 est.)

total: 92,391 sq km
land: 91,951 sq km
water: 440 sq km
note: includes Azores and Madeira Islands

Land boundaries:
total: 1,214 km
border countries: Spain 1,214 km
coastline: 1,793 km

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Ponta do Pico (Pico or Pico Alto) on Ilha do Pico in the Azores 2,351 m

Geography note:
Azores and Madeira Islands occupy strategic locations along western sea approaches to Strait of Gibraltar

euro (EUR)
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries

All information comes from The World Factbook