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Portuguese Republic


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Area: 92,389 sq km

occupying 15% of the Iberian Peninsula, which is shared with Spain. Also, the Atlantic islands of the Azores (2,247 sq km, nine islands) and Madeira (794 sq km, two islands).

Population: 10,732,357    Annual Growth: 0.35%

Capital: Lisbon

Urbanites: 60.7%

HDI Rank: 34 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 31 (13% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Portuguese    Languages: 9 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Expatriate missions find Portugal a difficult but promising field. Growth is hard-won but steady; much comes not from ethnic Portuguese but from immigrant groups. Quality workers are still very much needed for evangelism, church planting, Bible training and music. A wide array of expatriate agencies work in Portugal. Brazilians represent a particularly large portion of expatriate missionaries and agencies; pray for them to be sensitive to the unique culture of Portugal.

Christian media ministries:

a) The Bible Society has a growing national and international ministry in producing and distributing Bibles and Bible portions. In a nominally Christian country, the potential of this ministry is huge.

b) Núcleo has a vital coordinating ministry for the body of Christ in research, publishing, printing tracts and distributing cassettes and films.

c) Ten Christian bookstores, one run by CLC.

d) CEDO, a gospel broadsheet ministry of WEC, sends out 140,000 copies in Portuguese four times a year to 60 countries around the world.

e) Christian radio is widely used. Local FM and medium-wave stations are used by various denominations and agencies to broadcast 35 hours/week, half of which is in Portuguese. The Evangelical Alliance produces two TV programmes weekly. The Catholics have a TV station.

f) The Internet is an area for evangelistic ministry that needs to be taken up by Christians having the right skills.

     For an additional 6 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Portugal.