Moving to Portugal Pros and cons

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So let’s, go and check out a bit of this small town where we are now about 50 kilometers north of Lisbon in a town called Torres Vedras, and we’re, going to check out Portugal from a quality-of-life point of view And I will say before we begin that Portugal is one of my favorite countries in the world or at least in Europe, and I try to spend as much time as I can here as possible.

So let’s, go and check this place out. The famous Aussie there I’ll Chris Hemsworth, getting a bit of a profile here in Portugal. Now, although you might not know it from this busy street behind me, the Portuguese economy is booming at the moment and in fact, the Portuguese Prime Minister has called for all of the Portuguese immigrant’s people that have left the country in the last decade, or so he Wants them back and he’s, offering them a lot of incentives to get them to come back.

Tax rebates, other advantages, cheap loans, if you start a business and all of those types of things, but there’s. Also, a bit of a catch there as well, because, even though the Portuguese economy is booming, it still has some problems.

In my opinion, and one of the pros of Portugal, obviously is the cost of living, but that’s. Also, one of the negative things as well, because it means that salaries are not generally high. So if you are retired, this place is an absolute paradise.

But if you’re thinking of coming here to work, and you’re, not in one of the fashion professions at the moment, like computer programming or something along those lines, keep in mind that salaries are going to below.

In fact, the minimum wage here is about 600 euros a month, which is not a lot of money, but then again, as I said before, the cost of living is not high. So you can live here relatively cheaply, especially if you’re, not in one of the bigger cities, so a place like this is a perfect place to keep in mind and you are connected to the capital city.

Now I bought a small apartment in Portugal about 10 years ago with the idea of coming here to live one day, simply because for me, the quality of life here is second to none. If you like, a relaxed way of life, if you like the coast, if you like great food, Portugal is definitely one of those countries that you’d, have to have high up on your list and, as I said at the beginning of this video, For me, the pros outweigh the cons, especially if you retire.

Now, you have to remember that the crisis really hit Portugal hard and a lot of the skilled workers were forced to leave the country and go to other countries in Europe. France, Spain, Luxembourg, the UK lots of people were forced to leave the country and now that the economy is up and running again, people are starting to come back and that’s.

What did I mention before that the Prime Minister needs people to come back, but there’s a bit of a catch-22, because once you leave a country like this and you start making a northern European salary, then really what’s? The attraction of coming back, of course, you ‘

Ve got the sentimental reasons you ‘ Ve got the family reasons, but you can take care of those in the summer at the end of the day, and that’s, going to be one of the big dilemmas for the Portuguese government is to convince people that are making better salaries abroad.

To come back and live here on inferior salaries because, as I have said, the minimum salary here about 600 euros a month think it’s about 1100, the average salary here so to get people to come back for a salary along those lines is Not going to be easy, and here you can see a house in the middle of Dora’s beds that has been abandoned.

Maybe people went away to work in another country, maybe they just died. Who knows? But this is a house smack bang in the middle it looks like it’s been abandoned for a few years. The cost of housing in Portugal is also reasonable.

Back in the day, ten years ago, I managed to pick my small apartment up for about a hundred and five thousand euros, and if I compared that at the time with the prices in Spain, Portugal was a lot cheaper to buy a property.

Of course, in big cities like Lisbon and Porto you’re gonna have higher prices, but in a place like this car, even in Peniche 80 kilometers north of Lisbon, you can pick up houses for a reasonable price.

If you’ve got a car you can get around by car quite easily here, but that’s. Also, one of the cons of Portugal and I’ll explain that in a minute and the Portuguese coffee culture is also proud of this country.

Time seems to sit still for the Portuguese when they’re having a coffee. They take time out of their day to sit down, have a coffee have maybe a snack, and drink quite a lot of coffee a day, something that I have noticed but take away coffee.

Another thing here, which is something that I like and to be able to sit down, relax, have a chat, and have a coffee is definite proof of Portugal. Another thing I love about these countries, the parks Portugal, has great parks even a little one like this.

In the middle of the city, here is a place that you can relax, enjoy the grass and enjoy the people walking by and a great place. They just take a few minutes out of the day and, of course, with all of the recent gun violence in the US.

A country like Portugal is a safe option to live there’s, no gun culture. You can walk the streets. People are not in your face. You don’t, see a lot of alcohol-related violence as well. Of course, there’s, going to be people that can cause you problems, especially in the big cities like put up or Lisbon, but in small places like this I mean there’s.

Absolutely no violence at all. Kids, walk around the streets at all times of the day, it’s, a really safe place and, from a security point of view, highly recommended now. For me, another one of the best things about this part of Portugal is the climate.

It’s, not too hot. It’s, not too cold. It has an Atlantic climate, and that, for me, is a big plus, especially when you live in a place like Madrid, which is freezing in winter and boiling in the summer I mean it is hot here, but it’s, not extremely hot.

I mean you’re on the coast. You can always go for a swim, and that is an absolute plus of a place like Portugal. As I said, the winters are mild. They’re, not extremely cold. You need heating, but you don’t need central heating as you do in a place like Madrid or other parts of Spain in the north of Portugal.

You probably would, but in this part of Portugal here, the weather is reasonably mild and definitely an attraction and a reason that you should come or at least consider living in a place like this.

There always seems to be a breeze blowing which keeps you cool. As well so that’s, a plus and, of course walking through these narrow cobblestone streets, always a pleasure here in Portugal. You never know what you’re, going to find when it comes to little shops and at all businesses, they’re a little bit obscure fantastic.

This one here, a lodger, the Koala. It’s a cell. You know what they sell. Obviously, they don’t sell koalas, but that’s. What you can find in Portugal – and you’ve – got a lot of traditional businesses here as well.

So you can see a shoemaker can’t remember the last time I saw a shoemaker in Australia, but there you have the Sapateiro Ventura. So the traditional business is still alive here in this part of Portugal.

Now I’m on my way to buy a bottle of wine. I saw a fantastic wine shop when I was having lunch and Portuguese wine is also one of the things that you need to visit this country, for I’m, not going to promote alcoholism, of course, but a glass of wine with lunch never goes Astray and Portuguese wines, as good as any in the world combine it with the food, and you have one of the perfect combinations, and that is a definite reason to move to this country here’s an example of a typical menu here in Portugal.

Fish soup, you have a type of cod and then you have fried chicken with rice, Bon Appetit. Now one of the things I forgot to mention before – and it is a con about Portugal – and that is energy costs. Energy costs here are a lot more than in Spain, especially if you need to fill up your car at the Bowser.

You pay a lot more for petrol here than you do in Spain, and you also have a lot more toll roads. The toll roads here are an absolute killer so thumbs down for that and that’s, going to hit your bottom line at the end of the day and your other costs like gas.

If you need gas to provide heating or cooking, it is more expensive as well here in Portugal. Ok, so I’m back in Peniche now and I’ll sum this video up by saying that Portugal is a retirees paradise. If you are planning to come and live in this country as a retiree, nothing but pros, in my opinion, it’s a relatively cheap country outside the big cities.

Lisbon is an expensive city put that inexpensive city as well, not as expensive as some of the cities in the north of Europe, of course, but a lot more expensive than some of the other areas in Portugal, especially in the central coast area, which I find to Be fairly cheap, the economy is booming at the moment, but, as one newspaper said, it’s, an express train with a risk of de-railing.

If you’re in a sector that is experiencing the boom, it mainly seems to be in tourism. So if you’re, going to do a tourism-related activity or any other service, that’s, based on that, you’d, probably go fairly well, did you run nomads a great place to live? If you’ve got an online business set up, and so, if you’re working in one of the boom sectors like IT, I’m sure that the city like Lisbon or port offers a fantastic opportunity there as well Cities like Lisbon are absolutely teeming with tourists.

I was there a few days ago and I haven’t seen such crowded streets in the center of a city for a long time, maybe on par with Barcelona. In that sense, but Lisbon absolutely booming port, though absolutely booming from a tourist point of view.

So if you are planning to come to Portugal – and you are going to be looking to get into this economy – be careful, it is prone to its ups and downs. So what keeps that in mind, but for all other reasons, I highly recommend Portugal as a place to live fantastic weather, fantastic quality of life, one of the best foods in the world.

What more can I say so that’s, all questions and comments. Please leave them in the section below to give the video a thumbs up. If you liked it, I’ll see you in the next video até logo. Amigas get doused.

You’re here from Spain speaks coming to you today from Portugal, and we’re, going to be revisiting one of the videos that I did a few years ago, which is the pros and cons of moving to Portugal this year.

In 2019 and we’ll see if some of the pros are still the same and we’ll see if some of the cons are still the same as well. So let’s, go and check out a bit of this small town where we are now about 50 kilometers north of Lisbon in a town called Torres Vedras, and we’re, going to check out Portugal from a quality-of-life point of view And I will say before we begin that Portugal is one of my favorite countries in the world or at least in Europe, and I try to spend as much time as I can here as possible.

So let’s, go and check this place out. The famous Ozzy there I’ll Chris Hemsworth, getting a bit of a profile here in Portugal. Now, although you might not know it from this busy street behind me, the Portuguese economy is booming at the moment and in fact, the Portuguese Prime Minister has called for all of the Portuguese immigrant’s people that have left the country in the last decade, or so he Wants them back and he’s, offering them a lot of incentives to get them to come back.

Tax rebates, other advantages, cheap loans, if you start a business and all of those types of things, but there’s. Also, a bit of a catch there as well, because, even though the Portuguese economy is booming, it still has some problems.

In my opinion, and one of the pros of Portugal, obviously is the cost of living, but that’s. Also, one of the negative things as well, because it means that salaries are not generally high. So if you are retired, this place is an absolute paradise.

But if you’re thinking of coming here to work, and you’re, not in one of the fashion professions at the moment, like computer programming or something along those lines, keep in mind that salaries are going to below.

In fact, the minimum wage here is about 600 euros a month, which is not a lot of money, but then again, as I said before, the cost of living is not high. So you can live here relatively cheaply, especially if you’re, not in one of the bigger cities, so a place like this is a perfect place to keep in mind and you are connected to the capital city.

Now I bought a small apartment in Portugal about 10 years ago with the idea of coming here to live one day, simply because for me, the quality of life here is second to none. If you like, a relaxed way of life, if you like the coast, if you like great food, Portugal is definitely one of those countries that you’d, have to have high up on your list and, as I said at the beginning of this video, For me, the pros outweigh the cons, especially if you retire.

Now, you have to remember that the crisis really hit Portugal hard and a lot of the skilled workers were forced to leave the country and go to other countries in Europe. France, Spain, Luxembourg, the UK lots of people were forced to leave the country and now that the economy is up and running again, people are starting to come back and that’s.

What did I mention before that the Prime Minister needs people to come back, but there’s a bit of a catch-22, because once you leave a country like this and you start making a northern European salary, then really what’s? The attraction of coming back, of course, you ‘

Ve got the sentimental reasons you ‘ Ve got the family reasons, but you can take care of those in the summer at the end of the day, and that’s, going to be one of the big dilemmas for the Portuguese government is to convince people that are making better salaries abroad.

To come back and live here on inferior salaries because, as I have said, the minimum salary here about 600 euros a month think it’s about 1100, the average salary here so to get people to come back for a salary along those lines is Not going to be easy, and here you can see a house in the middle of Dora’s beds that has been abandoned.

Maybe people went away to work in another country, maybe they just died. Who knows? But this is a house smack bang in the middle it looks like it’s been abandoned for a few years. The cost of housing in Portugal is also reasonable.

Back in the day, ten years ago, I managed to pick my small apartment up for about a hundred and five thousand euros, and if I compared that at the time with the prices in Spain, Portugal was a lot cheaper to buy a property.

Of course, in big cities like Lisbon and Porto you’re gonna have higher prices, but in a place like this car, even in Finnish 80 kilometers north of Lisbon, you can pick up houses for a reasonable price.

If you’ve got a car you can get around by car quite easily here, but that’s. Also, one of the cons of Portugal and I’ll explain that in a minute and the Portuguese coffee culture is also proud of this country.

Time seems to sit still for the Portuguese when they’re having a coffee. They take time out of their day to sit down, have a coffee have maybe a snack, and drink quite a lot of coffee a day, something that I have noticed but take away coffee.

Another thing here, which is something that I like and to be able to sit down, relax, have a chat, and have a coffee is definite proof of Portugal. Another thing I love about these countries, the parks Portugal, has great parks even a little one like this.

In the middle of the city, here is a place that you can relax, enjoy the grass and enjoy the people walking by and a great place. They just take a few minutes out of the day and, of course, with all of the recent gun violence in the US.

A country like Portugal is a safe option to live there’s, no gun culture. You can walk the streets. People are not in your face. You don’t, see a lot of alcohol-related violence as well. Of course, there’s, going to be people that can cause you problems, especially in the big cities like put up or Lisbon, but in small places like this I mean there’s.

Absolutely no violence at all. Kids, walk around the streets at all times of the day, it’s, a really safe place and, from a security point of view, highly recommended now. For me, another one of the best things about this part of Portugal is the climate.

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