Portuguese Speaking Countries

28 de November de 2013

What’s up peeps, all good?
Today we bring you a special Dica about the Portuguese speaking countries around the world.

The community of countries that speak Portuguese (CPLP in Portuguese) was created on the 17th of July 1996 with the intention of unifying all the countries that speak Portuguese and it strives to increase the mutual friendship and cooperation between its members. For the Portuguese speaking countries, the 5th of May is considered the Portuguese language and culture day. Currently, there are 8 countries included in this community, let’s see which ones:

Portuguese Speaking CountriesCountries that speak Portuguese in the world: Brazilian flag

  • Country: Brazil
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Currency: Real (R$) (BRL)
  • Population: 209.3 million
  • Famous People: Dilma Rousseff (former president), Jair Bolsonaro (President), Pelé (Football player), Neymar (Football player), Giselle Bündchen (super model), Wagner Moura (actor).
  • Main dishes: Feijoada, churrasco, pão de queijo and many others.

Brazil is the biggest country in South America, one of the four that doesn’t speak Spanish and the only one that speaks Portuguese. Known for its football, music and a very relaxed lifestyle, it is one of the most visited countries in the world.

countries that speak portuguese in the world: Angola's flag

  • Country: Angola
  • Capital: Luanda
  • Currency: Kwanza (AOA)
  • Population: 29.7 million
  • Famous People: Jose Eduardo dos Santos (President), Akwá (Football player).
  • Main dishes: Calulu, Moqueca.

Angola is located in the south region of Africa, and it’s the seventh biggest country on the continent. With roughly 29.000.000 inhabitants, the country keeps its cultural traditions alive, even after 400 years of Portuguese colonization. The country is very hot, and very rich in minerals, such as diamonds.

Cape Verde's flag

  • Country: Cape Verde
  • Capital: Praia
  • Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)
  • Population: 546 thousand
  • Famous People: Jorge Carlos Fonseca (President), Cesária Évora (Singer).
  • Main dishes: Xerém, Frigenote.

Cape Verde it’s an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands located 570km off the west coast of Africa, and was uninhabited until the 15th century. Well known for the musical style called Morna, which is an extremely sexual dance with Brazilian and Portuguese influence. Since it’s made up of a group of islands, why not name the capital “Praia”?!

Guinea-Bissau's flag

  • Country: Guinea-Bissau
  • Capital: Bissau
  • Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
  • Population: 1.8 million
  • Famous People: Bruma (Football player), Amílcar Cabral (Politician)
  • Main dishes: Caldo de Chabéu, Cafriela de Cabra.

Guinea-Bissau went through ownership problems for years, with both the Mali and the Portuguese empires established in the country at the same time. Like most African countries, the music and the food are the strongest points of the country.

Mozambique's flag

  • Country: Mozambique
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Mozambican metical (MZN)
  • Population: 29.6 million
  • Famous People: Graça Machel (Politician), Samora Machel (Politician)
  • Main dishes: Badjias, Mucapata, Xiguinha.

Mozambique became independent in 1975, 400 years after Portuguese colonization. A country of incredible beauty, strong agriculture and culturally the nation is united. Its strongest points are no different from the others, music makes up a huge chunk of the country’s expression, with instruments like drums that pump up parties and religious ceremonies.Portugal's flag

  • Country: Portugal
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EURO)
  • Population: 10.3 million
  • Famous People: Cristiano Ronaldo (Football Player), Carmen Miranda (Artist), Jose Saramago (Writer), Jose Mourinho (Football Coach).
  • Main dishes: Pastel de Nata, Bacalhau, Pataniscas.

Portugal is a conqueror, and in the past it was one of the most powerful countries in the world. It is known for a Gothic architectural style called Manueline, but the strongest points of this country are the beaches, culinary delights and literature, with writers and poets like Luís de Camões.São Tomé and Príncipe's flag

  • Country: São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Capital: São Tomé
  • Currency: Dobra (STD)
  • Population: 204,000
  • Famous People: Manuel Pinto da Costa (President).
  • Main dishes: Calulu.

São Tomé and Príncipe consists of two archipelagos surrounding two main islands. Its landscapes are incredible, composed by mountains and beaches everywhere. Today, it survives through the extraction of oil.

Bandeira timor leste

  • Country: East Timor
  • Capital: Dili
  • Currency: Dollar (USD)
  • Population: 1.2 million
  • Famous People: Francisco Guterres (President)
  • Main dishes: Singa de Camarão, Doces Mano Tem.

East Timor became independent from Portugal in 1975. The Portuguese architecture is still present, as is the culture of poetry, which is the most common form of artistic expression. It became part of the CPLP in 2002.

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