The Golden Visa citizenship by investment programme in Portugal offers benefits for the country and foreign investors alike.
The country has known true economic growth in the past years, with Lisbon’s real estate market adjusting accordingly to this newfound prosperity, after the tough recession years.
Portugal ranked third place out of 163 countries in the latest Global Peace Index 2019 report from the Institute for Economics and Peace, going up 3 places since last year’s report.
On a scale from 1 to 5, Portugal ranked 1.3 in Militarisation, 1.4 in Safety and Security and 1.1 in Domestic and International Conflict.
Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008.
It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.
Europe maintained its position as the most peaceful region in the world, which it has held for every year of the GPI.
Neighbouring countries Spain and France are ranked in 32nd and 60th place respectively, which shows that Portugal’s promotion this year to third place in the Global Peace Index has exponentially raised the bar on this country’s profile.
After all, it’s the Portuguese way of life that ends up being one of the greatest assets of the current thriving environment.
When looking for apartments for sale in Lisbon particularly, it’s easy to notice how much the city’s spirit has changed in the past years. Lisbon has become a safe haven in Europe. The growing expat community easily blends in with the locals. The synergy between these new and ever-evolving urban tribes is palpable: the city’s cultural programme has never been this vast and varied.
In the midst of all these big changes that can sometimes create frictions, finding Golden Visa property remains incredibly attractive for many, and it’s easy to understand why - walking in the streets of the city, you feel safe and welcomed.