Portugal is a founding member of NATO and has been an EU member since 1986. It has two autonomous regions: the archipelagos of Azores and Madeira.
Portugal is mainland Europe's westernmost country and shares the Iberian Peninsula with Spain. Its population of roughly 10.5 million is predominantly Roman Catholic. From 1926 to 1974, an authoritarian dictatorship ruled the country. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Portugal.
Portugal has a rich history of exploring once uncharted seas and lands, such as Brazil and Africa. But that history also has a dark side with colonialism and slave trade. In Lisbon, two separate public projects — a slavery memorial and a museum celebrating Portuguese exploration — have become lightning rods for debate about the country's colonial past. Jake Cigainero has more.
Chinese investors have been very active in Portugal in recent years. But they didn't just aquire a stake in the country's economy - they also gained political influence. The European Union is watching this development with mixed feelings - and is trying to keep Beijing's reach within bounds.