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Portugal is the third safest country in the world, has flat income taxes for expats, tax incentives for foreign businesses and readily available co-investment funds for VC’s.

From inside Europe, Portugal addresses a global community of 260M people.

There is an extremely pro-innovation government in place, Lisbon and Porto are regarded as two of the world’s coolest cities, the sun is always shining and the food is off the charts.

And btw, the cost of living is half of that of Central Europe, while the economy is growing strongly.

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The 2017 Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness, ranks Portugal as third among 163 independent states.

If you are a non-habitual resident, taxation related to personal income from the work you do in Portugal, has a fixed rate of 20% for a period of 10 years.

If you are investing in R&D you should speak with AICEP, the Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency, in order to find out about case-by-case tax benefits and corporate income tax credits.

Have you heard about 200M? It’s a €200m VC matching-fund, publicly run deal-by-deal to de-risk foreign investment in companies set up in Portugal. It even allows you to use a foreign entity and buy back shares after 4 years for 4-6% IRR.

Did you know that Portuguese is the 5th most spoken language in the world? More than 260 million people around the world speak the language, in communities that span from Brazil to Macao.

Public policies to support startups and VC now include initiatives like a sandbox regulation for driverless vehicles or drones, a network of 150 accelerators and incubators, startup vouchers, an incubation voucher and tax incentives for early stage individual investors.

From winning the “tourism Oscars” in 2017 to being the place where Madonna and Eric Cantona chose to live, Lisbon is less and less one of our best kept secret.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with the views from hilly streets, ample beaches and steep vineyards that coexist within the vicinities of a glamorous downtown. Artist and writers often come to visit and find themselves never leaving Porto.

There are 265 days of sun in Portugal every year. So it’s a good thing half of our borders face the ocean!

When a Lisbon restaurant is featured as number one on the Monocle Restaurant Awards (2017), we know something must be cooking.

Forget about comparing Portugal’s cities with Berlin, Paris or London. When you look at other western Europe capital countries, Forbes has ranked Portugal number one in affordability, for 4 years in a row.

Since the third quarter of 2014 the Portuguese economy has been steadily expanding. Job creation hit a new record, with startups being a major employment driver.