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Lisbon, Portugal James

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  • 1. Lisbon, Portugal Interior of the Igreja de Santa Maria Jerónimos Monastery , Lisbon The most predominant religion in Portugal is Roman Catholicism . Approximately 84% of the population are nominally Roman Catholic, but only about 19% attend mass and take the sacraments regularly. Yet a larger number wish to be baptized, married in the church, and receive last rites. [1] Although church and state were formally separated during the Portuguese First Republic (1910-26), a separation reiterated in the constitution of 1976, Roman Catholic precepts continue to have a relative weight in the Portuguese society and culture . Many Portuguese holidays, festivals and traditions have a religious origin or connotation. The educational and health care systems were for a long time the church's preserve, and many times when a building, bridge, or highway was opened, it received the blessing of the clergy. Hence, although church and state were formally separated, the Roman Catholic Church still receives a privileged treatment (despite strong opposition by left-wing political parties). Statistically, religious practices decrease according to age, being younger generations less religious than older ones. This information is from the Wikipedia
  • 2. Portugals agriculture Agriculture in Portugal is based on small to medium-sized family-owned dispersed units. The extent of cooperative organisation has reaching a greater importance with globalization . Portugal produces a wide variety of crops and livestock products. Forestry has also played an important economic role among the rural communities. In 2001, the gross agricultural product accounted for 4% of the national GDP . Portugal is one of the world's largest producers of wine and cork . The land area of slightly more than 9.2 million hectares was classified as follows (in thousands of hectares): 2,755 arable land and permanent crops (including 710 in permanent crops), 530 permanent pasture, 3,640 forest and woodland, and 2,270 other land.
  • 3. Portiguls landforms The Iberian Peninsula , or Iberia , is located in the extreme southwest of Europe and includes modern-day Spain , Portugal , Andorra and Gibraltar and a very small area of France . It is the westernmost of the three southern European peninsulas —the Iberian, Italian , and Balkan peninsulas. It is bordered on the southeast and east by the Mediterranean Sea , and on the north, west and southwest by the Atlantic Ocean . The Pyrenees form the northeast edge fo the peninsula, separating it from the rest of Europe. In the south, it approaches the northern coast of Africa . It is the second-largest peninsula in Europe, with an area of 582,860 square kilometres (225,040 sq mi).

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