Portugal 2019

Portugal's government, elected on a wave of anti-austerity sentiment, has succeeded in returning the country to fiscal health and barn­storming economic dynamism following the European sovereign debt crisis. As of late 2014, Portugal had borrowed EUR79 billion from the IMF, EFSM, and EFSF in order to prevent insol­vency, with strict conditions imposed on pub­lic-sector wages, working hours, holidays, and state pensions. Prime Minister António Costa owes his favorable public opinion to the fact that he has rolled back public spending cuts to return to pre-bailout levels in these areas.

The Business Year's country-specific publications, sometimes featuring over 150 face-to-face interviews, are among the most comprehensive annual economic publications available internationally.

This 168-page publication covers energy, green economy, finance, industry, IT and telecoms, media, transport and logistics, construction, real estate, agriculture, health, education, and tourism. The report features dozens of interviews, including:

  • António Saravia, President, Confederation of Portuguese Industries (CIP)
  • João Castello Branco, CEO, Semapa
  • Nuno Amado, Chairman, Millennium bcp
  • Manuel Heito, Minister, Science, Technology, and Higher Education
  • Alexandre Fonseca, CEO, Altice
  • Eric van Leuven, Head of Portugal, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Marta Temido, Minister of Health
  • Germano de Sousa, President, Grupo Germano de Sousa


The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries
  • Stability program
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Fintech
  • Textiles
  • Web Summit in Lisbon
  • New airport
  • Parque das Nações
  • Portuguese wine & cork
  • Excellence in healthcare
  • Public teaching staff
  • Sustainability