European Forum - Portugal 2016
May 2016
Mainland 15th to 18th / Azores 19th to 23rd

Information about country

With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and 850 kms of splendid beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round.

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world. Come and discover the charms of this country too.

Portugal is situated at the south-west point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.

The Azores are situated in the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and North America. They have an area of 2,355 km2 and consist of nine islands - São Miguel and Santa Maria in the Eastern Group, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the Central Group and Flores and Corvo in the Western Group. It takes about two hours to get from the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.

The Madeira Archipelago has an area of 741 km2 and lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 500 km from the African coast and 1,000 km from the European continent (1½ hours flying time from Lisbon). It consists of the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo and the uninhabited Desertas and Selvagens islands, which are nature reserves.

Mainland Portugal
The climate in Portugal varies considerably from one region to another and is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea, which offers mild winters, especially in the Algarve.

In the Porto e Norte area and Beiras region, particularly inland, nearer Spain, the winters are colder, although the temperatures are still mild when compared to the rest of Europe. There is some snowfall. It occurs most in the Serra da Estrela mountains, where we find the highest point in mainland Portugal (1,991 m) and where it is sometimes possible to ski.

The summers are hot and dry, especially in the inland areas (Trás-os-Montes in north-eastern Portugal and Alentejo). Temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas, because of the influence of the sea.

There are often warm, sunny days in autumn. Nice weather at the beginning of November is often called "St. Martin’s Summer" as this saint’s day is on 11 November.

The climate in the Azores is influenced by the islands’ latitude and by the Gulf Stream, and temperatures are mild there all year round. The same factors also influence the sea temperature, which is very pleasant both in winter and summer and ideal for nautical sports all year round.

The subtropical characteristics of the weather in the Madeira Archipelago can be explained by its geographical position and mountainous relief. The climate in Madeira is exceptionally mild, with average temperatures varying between 24 ºC in summer and 19 ºC in winter. The sea temperature is also very pleasant all year round, thanks to the influence of the warm Gulf Stream. It varies between 18 ºC in winter and 22 ºC in summer.

Portugal has a population of about 10 million.
The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon, the capital and its suburbs, where about 1.9 million people live. The second largest city in Portugal is Oporto in the north. Generally speaking, there are more people living in the country’s coastal regions than in the inland areas.

The majority of Portuguese are Catholics, but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal.

From a Latin root, Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent, and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd, if we only consider the European languages.

The Portuguese-speaking countries are scattered all over the world. Portuguese is spoken in Africa (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe), in South America (Brazil) and in Asia, (East Timor, the youngest nation in the world), and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China.

In Portugal there are lots of people who are able to communicate in English, French and Spanish.


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Angus in Portugal

Aberdeen Angus genetics is used for decades in Portugal, mainly for crossing with dairy breeds because of its natural easy calving and birth weight resulting in crossbred calf valued by the beef industry.

Pure breeding goes back to 1998, when Roland Winter imported cattle from Germany to his estate in Mértola - Alentejo.

The animals were introduced in the Azores in 2005, by Carlos Brum - Graciosa and Luis Machado - Terceira Island, for pure breeding.

With the aim of having a herd book for the breed, the Federação Agrícola dos Açores (Azorean Farmers Federation) took the endeavor to establish one, which was founded on 27th of November 2007. The collaboration of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society – Scotland was paramount to attain this purpose.

Following the establishment of the herd book two imports were organized. First in 2008 with a consignment of 6 bulls and 50 females from Ireland, having the collaboration of the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association and in the following year 3 bulls and 49 females from Scotland and England with the collaboration of Nigel Hammill – Tegsnose.

On March 16th 2009 the breeders decided to establish the Aberdeen-Angus Portugal – breeders association accounting today 99 active members and over 1,300 breeding cows.

Today’s genetic pool comprehends live cattle also imported from Denmark, with an important population of Red Angus, but also using the prominent AI bulls from Ireland, UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as embryos.

The breeder’s genetic selection target is to excel the Aberdeen-Angus’s main traits where calving easy, easy fleshing and easy handle cattle is chief to attain profitably.

As eating quality being the main attribute renowned by consumers, the Association has developed a certified beef scheme under EU regulation of voluntary labelling – ABERDEEN-ANGUS PORTUGAL – certified beef – that has hurled the use of Angus genetics and is changing the beef market in Portugal.

The Aberdeen-Angus has all the breed traits and natural potential to adapt to climate and market to be a leader in the country! So we trust!

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The registration on the Forum can be done using one of three options:
- Mainland
- Azores
- Mainland and the Azores


(a) - all included in (b) + (c);
(b) - includes accomodation, meals and transports. Excluding free program costs;
(c) - includes flights from Lisbon-Azores-Lisbon, flights between islands, accomodation,meals and transportation. Excluding free program costs.
VAT already included.


*Registrations closed on 1st of April.
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