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OverviewPortugal's played a more important role in history than many might admit. Though some may think of it as Spain's neighbor today, in truth it was one of the driving forces behind both European exploration and even the settlement of the New World. From the country's role as one of Europe's greatest trainers of navigators to its early role in the African slave trade, it's hard to overstate the impact that Portugal has had on world history. While the modern nation many share a past with the country of old, today's Portugal is a nation with its eyes firmly locked on the future.
Quick Facts about Portugal
- Portugal is one of Europe's oldest nations, with roots back to the 9th century and a more official foundation dating back to 1128.
- Portugal has the only program in Europe that allows tourists to interact directly with dolphins.
- Portugal's Vasca da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe.
- Portuguese is spoken in nine different countries, with enough speakers to make it the sixth most spoken language in the world.