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General

Banks
Open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 15:00; closed Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays. You'll need your passport to exchange travellers cheques. Look for the sign “câmbios”. Commission is charged per transaction regardless of amount.

Buses
Clean, reasonably comfortable and cheap. Local services often infrequent by day and non-existent at night. Avoid long, boring journeys within the Algarve by booking express regional services. Good choice of Algarve-Lisbon bus companies and departure times. The Faro-based EVA (info in Portuguese, English, German and Dutch) run good local and regional services, and also frequent services to Lisbon and Spain, and the Rede Nacional de Expressos run a comprehensive national service. Both have good on-line routes and timetables.

 

Consulates
Austrian

282 416202

Belgian

289 803757

British

282 417800

Canadian

289 803757

Danish

289 805561

Finnish

289 394085

German

289 803148

Dutch

289 20903

Spanish

281 44888

Swedish

282 413311

Norwegian

289 823505

 


Lisbon Embassies
Austrian

21 387 4162

Belgian

21 549 263

British

21 396 1191

Canadian

21 347 4892

Danish

21 545 099

Dutch

21 396 1163

French

21 386 0206

German

21 881 0210

Irish

21 396 1569

Norwegian

21 301 5344

South African

21 353 5041

Swedish

21 395 5224

Swiss

21 397 3121

U.S.A.

21 726 6600


Chemists
Open 09:00 - 13:00; 15:00 - 19:00. One chemist stays open after hours on a rotating basis and the address of the open pharmacy is listed on all other chemists' doors.
Chemists (farmácias) will advise on minor matters. There are reciprocal arrangements within the EU on free treatment in clinics and hospitals. When requesting treatment, show your passport, or an E111 or E112 form. Health clinics (centro de sáude) deal with less serious problems. For emergencies, there are 24-hour hospitals in Faro, Portimão and Lagos. Private doctors (British, German and Dutch as well as Portuguese) will give more personal treatment, but without insurance it can be expensive.

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!
Portugal has the highest road accident rate in Europe. The standard of both road building and driving is much lower than in Northen European countries, and you need to be continually alert and cautious. Be especially aware of vehicles suddenly emerging from side roads, and of maniac overtaking.

ZERO TOLERANCE!
High-profile police patrols  are becoming ever more vigilant and ever less tolerant of bad driving, speeding and drink driving. Besides risking your life and those of others, you also risk heavy penalties if you break the law.

Electricity
220 volts AC with Continental two-pin plugs is usual. Earthing can be erratic in older buildings.

It could be that there is no electricity for one or two hours. Don`t woory this is normal and belongs to the portugese life.

Emergency
Ambulance, Police, Fire

Tel: 115

Ambulance, Police, Fire
European standard number - multi-lingual

Tel: 112

Hospital (Faro)

Tel: 289 803427

Hospital (Portimão)

Tel: 282 415115

Hospital (Lagos)

Tel: 282 763034


Facts:
Inhabitant:

10 millionen (2000)
< 15 years: 15%
15 – 64 years: 68%
< 64 years: 15%

Growth rate:

0,2 Prozent (2000)

Life expectancy:

Men.: 72,24 years (2000) / Women: 79,49 years (2000)

Rate of births:

11,49 births per 1 000 inhabitants (2000)

Rate of mortal:

10,2 deaths per 1 000 inhabitants (2000)

Ethnic groups:

99 percent od Portuguese and 1 percent others as well as approx. 700 000 immigrates

Language:

Portuguese

Religion:

Catholic 97 %
Protestant 1 %
others 3 %

Index of human development:

0,838

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