People in Lisbon, Portugal. Editorial credit: Tupungato /


Portugal is a stable parliamentary democracy with a multiparty political system and regular transfers of power between political parties. Civil liberties are generally protected. Ongoing concerns include corruption, certain legal constraints on journalism, poor or abusive conditions for prisoners, and the effects of racial discrimination and xenophobia. Prosecutors have pursued corruption cases against top officials in recent years.

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Freedom in the World — Portugal Country Report

Portugal is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.