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Why IT companies choose Lisbon?

Why Lisbon?

Many international companies are setting up their IT teams in Lisbon today! But… Why Lisbon?

GREAT ABILITY TO SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGES

61% of Portuguese people speak at least 1 foreign language. English learning is mandatory from elementary school. 78% of the students learn 2 or more foreign languages (65% in EU-28, 53% in France or 42% in Spain). Portugal is 15th out of 72 countries in English Proficiency (EPI 2015).

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STATE OF THE ART TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

4th fastest broadband in the world and 2nd fastest in EU-28. 29,1% of fiber connections in total broadband (OECD average: 20,1%)

 

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QUALIFIED ENGINEERS & A COMPETITIVE ECONOMY

4 000 graduates a year, with the highest proportion of science and engineering degrees anywhere in the EU (WEF 2014)

Government tax and financial incentives to the establishment of a business. 5th fastest country in number of days to start a business: 2,5 days (Global Competitive Index 2014-2015)

QUALITY OF LIFE AND SAFETY

Safest European Capital (EU)

Rated the world’s 2nd most welcoming country for migrants (UN)

Surfing and golf resorts at 15 minutes from the city centre

Europe’s sunniest capital with over 220 days of sun per year

Fine Mediterranean gastronomy

 

DISTANCE BETWEEN LISBON AND KEY EUROPEAN CITIES

Madrid / 600 Km / 1h by Plane

Paris / 1.800 Km / 2h30m by Plane

Londres / 2.182 Km / 2h20m by Plane

Frankfurt / 2.300 Km / 2h55m by Plane

 

 

Set in the Atlantic coast, this port city is a relatively small capital of 548,000 people, with golden sandy beaches and 220 days of sunshine a year. Lisbon offers a work-live-surf-and-golf culture in a picturesque setting where English is widely spoken. Plus, office and staffing costs are relatively low compared with other capitals in Western Europe.