Strategic positioning of Portugal
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Basic InformationPortugal is located in southwestern Europe. The country has an land area of about 90,000 square kilometres, a coastline of more than 800 kilometres with multiple seaports. By the end of 2020, the population was about 10.3 million. As of the end of 2018, Chinese immigrants accounted for about 5.2% of the Portuguese immigrants community. The capital is Lisbon. It is the national political, economic, financial, cultural and technological centre.
Investment Situation

Portugal is a member state of the European Union (EU). Its infrastructure is complete. It has also good social security and high degree of marketization, as well as geographical advantages. It connects to the markets of European and Portuguese-speaking countries. The wage costs are at a low level among EU member states.

The service industry dominates the Portuguese economy. In particular, tourism is developing quite well. In addition, cork processing is one of Portugal’s traditions and a pillar industry of the national economy. Other characteristic industries include wine, olive oil, shoemaking, pharmaceuticals, moulds, and renewable energy industries.

According to the “2021 World Investment Report” published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), by the end of 2020, Portugal has attracted US$161.64 billion on stock of inward direct investment. According to statistics from the Ministry of Commerce of China, by the end of 2020, the stock of direct investment of China in Portugal was US$45.78 million. The main areas of investment were energy, finance, insurance, communication, water affairs, construction materials, engineering design and catering.

Trade in Goods

In 2020, Portugal’s main export destinations are Spain, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The main exports include vehicles and their accessories, electrical machinery, electrical appliances and audio equipments and accessories. The main origins for import include Spain, Germany, France, and Netherlands, and the main imported goods include vehicles and their accessories, electrical machinery, electrical appliances and audio equipments and accessories.

In 2020, China’s exports to Portugal include solar battery, fabric products, Wireless telephone and Portable automatic data processing equipment. Goods imported from Portugal mainly are auto body parts, Radar and radio navigation equipment parts and integrated circuits.