Living in Portugal

The beaches of Costa da Caparica will be closed in August in turn

The beaches of Costa da Caparica will be closed in August in turn

The beautiful beaches of Costa da Caparica will close in August, at the rate of 5 days for each beach. The cause of this closure is the need to restore sand levels that have become too low. An operation that was announced for the month of May, but whose embankment work had not started yet due to the absence of a visa from the Portuguese Court of Accounts - and which has not yet arrived. The authorities say that the sand replacement operation of Costa da Caparica beaches can’t be done at any other time of the year. The concessionaires of the beaches, outraged by the decision to close the bars and restaurants in the middle of August, are in conflict with the municipality of Costa da Caparica. This € 6.3 million operation (financed by European funds), opens a summer controversy. Lisbob, the expatriate assistant in Portugal, tells you all about the controversial closing of the Costa da Caparica beaches in August.

9 procedures, steps and administrative formalities to go to live in Portugal

9 procedures, steps and administrative formalities to go to live in Portugal

When moving to a new country you have to do a number of administrative steps to settle completely and become an expatriate and follow certain steps. This is even more true in Portugal where the different authorities issue various important documents, and where it is sometimes difficult to make the administrative steps in the right order. Procedures to become a resident, tax identification number, registration of his pet, formalities to register his car, many are the mandatory steps for those who wish to live in Portugal and it is not clear how to go live in Portugal and be in good standing. Moving to Portuguese territory entails a certain number of obligations towards the various state organizations and it is important to be in good standing in order to avoid any worries and to do all the necessary formalities. Any self-respecting expatriate must make these administrative steps to settle fully. What are the steps and administrative formalities to go to live in Portugal ? How to be in good standing and follow the steps to register to live in Portugal ? Lisbob, the expatriate assistant in Portugal, tells you all about the 9 administrative steps to take when you decide to live in Portugal.

List of the 10 largest expats communities in Portugal : + 16.7% British in 2017

List of the 10 largest expats communities in Portugal : + 16.7% British in 2017

The number of people who decided to live in Portugal increased by 6% in 2017 compared to 2016, totaling 421,711. Italian and French citizens show the strongest growth of last year and include the top 10 expat communities in Portugal, according to a report by the SEF. This Portuguese Immigration, Borders and Asylum (RIFA) Report for the year 2017, which Bob had access to, provides a clear picture of immigration to Portugal. Despite what one might think France and Italy are very far from being among the largest expatriate communities living in Portugal. What is the ranking of the 10 largest expatriate communities living in Portugal? What is the share of different countries in this top 10 ? Lisbob, the expatriate's assistant in Portugal, tells you all about the 10 largest expat communities in Portugal in 2017.


A shark over 400 kg and 3 meters long caught in Sesimbra to be eaten

A shark over 400 kg and 3 meters long caught in Sesimbra to be eaten

Even if few people know sharks are among the species present on the Portuguese coast. The evidence again yesterday with this shark that measured more than three meters and was caught off Sesimbra. This anequim shark, the fastest of all shark species in the world, is also one of the most vulnerable species. Why was he sinned? Is it rare to see sharks in Portugal? A remake of the teeth of the sea in Portugal is it possible? Bob, the expatriate's assistant in Portugal, tells you all about the shark-shark fishing off Sesimbra.

Mandatory and optional insurance as freelancer in Portugal

Mandatory and optional insurance as freelancer in Portugal

You made the decision to come live and work as a freelancer in Portugal? As a self-entrepreneur there are certain obligations that you must respect in terms of insurance. The subject may seem nebulous when one does not know Portuguese language and legislation but it is important to know your obligations as a freelancer in Portugal. What are the compulsory insurance as a self-employed person in Portugal? Do I have to take a professional multi-risk for my auto-entrepreneur activity? Lisbob, the expats assistant in Portugal tells you everything.

The Botanical Garden of Lisbon reopens this Saturday after 1 year and a half of waiting

The Botanical Garden of Lisbon reopens this Saturday after 1 year and a half of waiting

The Botanical Garden of Lisbon is one of the most beautiful in Portugal. It has been closed since 2016 to undergo extensive requalification work, approved under the participatory budget of the Lisbon City Council. The wait is over because this Saturday, April 7, the Botanical Garden of Lisbon finally reopens to the public. And, according to the Lisbon City Council, it is more durable and beautiful than ever. Bob, the Expatriate Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal, tells you everything.

How to choose between simplified and organized accounting as freelancer in Portugal

How to choose between simplified and organized accounting as freelancer in Portugal

When making the decision to become a self-employed entrepreneur or freelancer in Portugal you will have to choose between two types of accounting: simplified accounting and organized accounting. Indeed in Portugal there are two ways to present your numbers to Finance and the choice of it has an importance on the amount of your profits as a self-entrepreneur at the end of the year. What are the differences between simplified accounting and organized accounting? How to make the best choice and increase profits? Bob, the Expat Assistant in Portugal tells you everything about accounting as a freelancer.

Ponte 25 de Abril: Emergency work for serious cracks known for 3 years

Ponte 25 de Abril: Emergency work for serious cracks known for 3 years

Researchers at the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC) have warned the government for several months the extreme urgency and need for structural work on Ponte 25 de Abril. To live in Portugal is also to take the most emblematic bridge that connects the Lisbon and Setubal regions. Indeed, confidential documents have reached the Visão magazine and indicate the severity of the cracks on Portugal's most heavily used bridge. What does the report say about the urgency of works on Ponte 25 de Abril? What are the measures taken to avoid the worst? Bob, the Expatriate Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal tells you everything.

Abortion : All about voluntary interruption of pregnancy in Portugal ( Where ? When ? How ? )

Abortion : All about voluntary interruption of pregnancy in Portugal ( Where ? When ? How ? )

Portugal is a country for whom abortion was illegal until 1984. After some minor changes in the law, it was not until 2007, and after a national referendum, that the law was passed. included the possibility of interruption of pregnancy at the request of the Woman. What are the rights of women regarding abortion in Portugal? Where to go and how to practice? Bob, the Personal Assistant of those who live in Lisbon and Portugal tells you all about voluntary interruption of pregnancy in Portugal.

Portugal Weather: Enjoy the sun ! 5 days of storm from Monday in Portugal

Portugal Weather: Enjoy the sun ! 5 days of storm from Monday in Portugal

Live in Portugal, 300 days of sunshine a year, a warm weather ... But not all the time. Indeed according to the IPMA (Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere) a storm episode from North Africa will affect Portugal from February 26th. It will first touch the coast and then sink into the land and affect the entire country. However the rain is good news for the groundwater of Portugal. Bob, the Expats Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal tells you everything.

Prevention of forest fires in Portugal : all the new mandatory measures

Prevention of forest fires in Portugal : all the new mandatory measures

If you live in Portugal or are Portuguese tax resident you have received an email from Finanças. The Portuguese State communicates on its campaign of prevention and fight against forest fires. Last year many forest fires ravaged Portugal with many deaths. This campaign aims to prevent fires by explaining some measures now mandatory and even lead to fines of up to 60,000 euros. Bob, the Expats Personal Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal, tells you everything about Finanças' email on the fire prevention campaign and new measures.

Am I entitled to unemployment benefits in Portugal?

Am I entitled to unemployment benefits in Portugal?

Portugal is one of the best places to live and work. However, it may happen that your professional relationship with your employer or your clients ends. If you lose your job or cease your self-employment activity, you must meet several conditions to qualify for unemployment benefits in Portugal. Until now it was complicated for a non-Lusophone to know his rights to unemployment benefits in Portugal. Thanks to Bob, the Expats Personal Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal this period is over. What are the conditions to benefit from subsidio de desemprego? Am I entitled to unemployment benefits in Portugal? Bob helps you live better and work in Portugal and tells you everything.

Freelancer : How to fill and issue a Recibo Verde in Portugal, step by step

Freelancer : How to fill and issue a Recibo Verde in Portugal, step by step

If you make the decision to live and work in Portugal as a freelancer, then you will have to fill out and issue Recibo Verde. This is the invoice that formalizes your service and the transfer of money between buyer and seller of goods or services. This allows Finanças to be aware of all activities and for you to know exactly what you sold. As a self-employed worker in Portugal it is possible to do it online but it is however very important to inform all the information in order to avoid huge fines. How to fill and a recibo verde ? What are the steps in order to issue an invoice in Portugal ? Lisbob, the Expats Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal, tells you everything about how to fill and issue a Recibo Verde in Portugal, step by step.

Complete list of all natural and organic stores in Lisbon

Complete list of all natural and organic stores in Lisbon

Living in Portugal is often synonymous with good meals, but the question of the quality of food often comes back when one speaks of expatriation in Portugal. The country has a long tradition of agriculture and organic food is already well developed especially in Lisbon. Portuguese supermarkets are starting to have organic products on their display but some people are looking for real organic shops also specialized in natural products. Bob, the Expats Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal, has prepared for you a map with the complete list of all organic and natural stores in Lisbon.

How to calculate the net salary from gross in Portugal?

How to calculate the net salary from gross in Portugal?

When it's time to make the decision to come to live and work in Portugal, topics such as real wages and purchasing power come back regularly. Calculating net take-home pay in Portugal is a different exercise than in other countries and it is important to know it in advance in order to live serenely. If you are planning to come to work in Portugal then this article is for you. What is the average salary in Lisbon and other cities? How to calculate the net salary from gross in Portugal? Bob, the Expats Personal Assistant in Lisbon and Portugal tells you everything.

How to pass the driving license in Portugal?

How to pass the driving license in Portugal?

If you decide to live in Portugal, you may also decide to pass your driver's license. Less expensive and less complicated than in other countries, the Portuguese driver's license is recognized throughout Europe. However, the language barrier can sometimes be a brake to take the plunge. Locals say, "Who knows how to drive in Lisbon knows how to drive anywhere in the world". It’s true that portuguese drivers are not famous to be the best of the world so if you can drive there you will be able to drive pretty much everywhere. How much does it cost to pass the driving license in Portugal ? What are the steps? Is it possible to pass driving exams in English ? How are the exams going? How to pass the driving license in Portugal ? Lisbob, the Expats Personal Assistant tells you all about how to register, apss and get your driver's license in Portugal.