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    "The idea of getting to know other expats in Manila was very appealing to me, and I've greatly expanded my network in the Philippines."

What It’s Like to Be a Portuguese Expat

Just over two million Portuguese natives are living outside of their home country — that’s around a fifth of Portugal’s population! The United States and Brazil are the most popular choices for Portuguese citizens looking to begin a new life abroad, but destinations across the world are also appealing for unique reasons. From getting used to New Orleans jazz instead of your native Fado, to finding new favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and places to dance the vira, expat life certainly comes with a lot of adjustments. But what does moving abroad really feel like?

Wherever you move to in the world, it’s common to feel a mix of emotions as you set out on your expat adventure. You may feel a mixture of excitement about discovering a new culture and way of life, but also a sense of homesickness at the same time. You’ll most likely bond with other Portuguese expats over the things you miss from home — whether it be family traditions, festivals, or the beach. As you embrace your new life and surroundings, spending time with people who remind you of home can be a great way to stay positive.

How to Meet Other Portuguese Expats

When you move to a new place, it can take some time to get settled and feel at home — especially when you’re also adjusting to a new language and culture. It can be very helpful to find others who face similar challenges. Getting to know fellow Portuguese expats when you move abroad can make a huge difference in your experience. As the largest expat network with more than 4 million members, InterNations is a great way to connect with other Portuguese citizens abroad. Established in 2007, it’s a trusted community offering a range of experiences that bring global minds together.

Attending InterNations events is an easy way to connect with other Portuguese expats abroad! You’ll find varied networking opportunities and activities tailored to your hobbies and interests, available both online and in person. The events have a laid-back vibe where you can exchange tips about expat life in your destination and make new friends.  

A Few Facts about Portuguese Expats 

InterNations conducts an annual survey of expats worldwide called Expat Insider, looking at everything from why they moved abroad to how happy they are in their new home.  

Here’s what Portuguese expats shared about their experiences:

  • The most common reasons for Portuguese expats to move abroad were professional; 50% say their relocation was work or career-related

  • 54% of Portuguese expats responded positively when asked if they were satisfied with local career opportunities, compared to the global average of 43%.

  • 64% of Portuguese expats say that getting used to the local culture is easy, compared to the global average of 61%.

  • 35% of Portuguese expats speak the local language very well, compared to the global average of 29%.

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The Top Countries for Portuguese Expats 

So, where can you find other Portuguese expats living abroad? InterNations has 420 communities in 166 countries. Wherever you go in the world, you can connect with fellow Portuguese citizens who decided to relocate for work, love, or to simply start a new adventure. Here are the most popular destinations for Portuguese expats: 

Portuguese Expat Communities in Africa 

There are many destinations in Africa where you can meet fellow Portuguese expats — both newcomers and long-time expats. Before long, you’ll find new friends to explore this vast and exciting continent with!

Portuguese Expat Communities in Asia  

Diverse and welcoming, Asia boasts a wide array of opportunities for expats and people seeking new experiences. With a huge amount of cultural and culinary variety between each country, Asia promises an exciting life for any Portuguese expat looking to begin a new chapter.

Portuguese Expat Communities in Europe  

Europe is a favorite destination for Portuguese expats, with good reason. From charming small towns, modern cities, and a variety of languages and cultures, you’ll enjoy living and working here. While countries like France, Germany, and Spain are not far away geographically, their rich history and varied landscapes make them exciting places to settle.

Western Europe

Eastern Europe

Portuguese Expat Communities in North America 

The United States is a very popular choice for Portuguese expats. Whether you prefer to stay in the warmer locations of the south or brave the chilly winters farther north, you can discover new opportunities and experiences.

Portuguese Expat Communities in Oceania  

It’s a long way from home, but there’s much to explore! With a great climate, laid-back friendliness, and a high quality of life, there are many great reasons to choose destinations like Australia and New Zealand if you’re considering a move abroad. You will even find beaches here to rival those at home! 

Portuguese Expat Communities in South America 

Many Portuguese expats are drawn to life in other South American countries. Brazil is a particularly popular choice for Portuguese citizens, owing to the common language, but many countries on this exciting, diverse continent have their own appeal. A sense of cultural familiarity can make these countries particularly appealing for Portuguese expats who may be looking for a new start somewhere that doesn’t feel too far from home.

  • Adriana Rodrigues Zon

    "The idea of getting to know other expats in Manila was very appealing to me, and I've greatly expanded my network in the Philippines."

  • Raquel Santos

    "During my first month in Warsaw, I attended an InterNations event and immediately felt as if I had acquired a great network of expats contacts and new friends."

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