LISBON, PORTUGAL

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Since joining the EU in 1986 Portugal has moved from its agrarian roots more towards industry and service. However, agriculture still employs around 10% of the workforce, large by Western European standards. The country produces wheat, maize, potatoes, tomatoes, olives, grapes, fish and meat and dairy products. Portugal joined the Eurozone in 1999, and since then the economy has stagnated.
The main international airport is Lisbon Portela Airport, which opened in 1942, it is located 7 km north of the Castle of São Jorge in the city. The airport is the main international gateway to Portugal and a major European hub being one the largest airports in Southern Europe. In 2009, the airport handled 13,277,959 passengers and 83,367 tonnes of cargo. Taxis are the most convenient way to reach the city centre.

Office hours in Lisbon tend to be 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm. Business etiquette to note is - business cards are usually only exchanged by more senior members of a company and July and August are best avoided as many Portuguese are on holiday. Meetings tend to be lengthy.

Quick facts --
Country Code: 351
City Code: 21
Money: Portugal is in the Euro-zone.
Voltage: 220V
Time: GMT + 1 hour.
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