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Portugal the gateway
to Europe.


A good place to work and live

  • With a population of 10.3 million inhabitants in 2021, in a territory of 92 thousand km2, Portugal has a GDP per capita of 20,146 euros, almost 20% of the national resident population has a higher education  and Portuguese workers are recognized for their high quality and competence.

  • A distinguishing factor of Portuguese workers is their capacity for entrepreneurship, evident in the emergence of countless startups that, from all over the country, have crossed borders.

  • The Portuguese economy is diversified and almost all sectors have an export vocation. Exports have shown a growing dynamic in recent years, constituting 50% of GDP in 2022.

  • Some products carry the Portugal brand all over the world with a special seal of quality, such as wine, processed tomatoes, footwear, cork and olive oil. These last two products with greater expression: Portugal is the largest exporter of cork and the 3rd in the ranking in the export of olive oil worldwide.

  • The main economic partners are in Europe and are Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany. However, there was an intensification of commercial relations with the countries of the CPLP - Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries - which form a market of around 250 million consumers. In this plan, Angola and Brazil maintain the largest volume of trade with Portugal. 

  • The Portuguese language is an important business tool, especially in the southern hemisphere, being the fifth most spoken language in the world and the sixth most used in business.

  • ISCTE – Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa – carried out a study according to which business in Portuguese-speaking countries represents 17% of Portugal's GDP.  

There are other factors that define Portugal, such as:


Better Europe's road network

Portugal occupies the 1st place in the European ranking with regard to the quality of national roads and the 2nd at an international level, second only to the United Arab Emirates.

Data from the World Economic Forum.


Port sector in growth 

The seven main ports of the continent handled 82.5 million tons in 2014, with a growth of 4%. The ports of Sines, Setúbal, Aveiro and Leixões are mainly responsible for these numbers.

Data from IMT – Institute of Mobility and Transport.


Rail network is priority

The railway sector is being targetedthat of total priority in terms of investments throughout the national territory, in particular the link between Sines and Setúbal and Spain.

Investment is already underway to connect Setúbal directly to Badajoz, Spain, reducing the journey by more than two hours.

Data from the Value Infrastructure Working GroupAdded (GTIVA)


Sea, a national goal

Portugal has one of the largest coastlines maritime regions of Europe, with 942 km. Your ZEE – Economic ZoneExclusive – it is the 3rd largest in the European Union (representing 11% of the total) and the 11th in the world. However, this economic zone, which today comprises sovereignty up to the limit of 200 miles, should be extended to 350 miles, making it the 10th largest in the world. The sea is understood as a “national plan for the future” and the country's strategy involves promoting maritime transport, with strong investment in national ports, shipbuilding, fishing and fish processing, among others.

Source: BPI Bank.

20th Tourist Destination of the world

Tourism is a strategic sector to Portugal. In 2013, the country received 14.4 million tourists, being the 20th tourist destination on the planet, according to Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013. A study carried out by Turismo de Portugal reveals the criteria that weigh most heavily on tourists' choice of country:

  • Climate/beaches

  • Landscapes

  • Gastronomy

  • Hospitality of the Portuguese

  • Travel/stay prices

  • Security

  • Attractions/entertainment/events

  • Infrastructures


The skilled workforce of the region offers a competitive advantage.

Vocational training and entrepreneurship result in a significant number of companies, with a turnover in the order of 5.1 million euros. Important professional training institutes and the largest Portuguese export companies are also located nearby.



The Setubal Peninsula

The Setubal Peninsula It has a sea-oriented economy, a factor that contributed not only to the formation of a specialized workforce for the sector, but also for other different industrial purposes. Most of the professional training courses are installed in the Peninsula and are in line with this economic vocation.

Comprising nine municipalities and covering more than 1,400 km2, it has excellent demographics. According to data from 2013*, it has 782,044 inhabitants with 49% active population


Active population in
Setubal Peninsula

(equal to national average)

Proportion of population in the Setúbal Peninsula 
(compared to the national total)

Source: INE, 2013 data and Pordata, 2011 data


Madrid around the corner

The Spanish capital is just 600 km away, was going, by road or rail, from the port of Setúbal, where Blueatlantic is located. There are flights between Lisbon and Madrid several times a day, with a duration of just one hour.

Madrid is the 3rd largest city in the European Union, with a population of 3.1 million inhabitants (6 million in its metropolitan area).

It is the largest financial center in southern Europe and has one of the best living standards on the continent. In 2014, the gross domestic product was 197.7 billion euros, making Madrid the 3rd richest city in Europe, after London and Paris.

With an extraordinary historical richness, the city is known for its museums, its leisure options and, of course, its football teams.


The Blueeatlantic it is only 5 km from Setúbal

and 40 km from Lisbon. The bay of Setúbal is framed by the Serra da Arrábida which, with its geography, vegetation and unique landscapes, has become one of the most famous postcards in Portugal.



In an environment of great natural beauty, it is possible to find numerous resorts and golf courses first line.


With a gastronomy based on seafood, it is also one of the demarcated wine regions with the greatest prestige among consumers and experts.

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