Lisbon

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Lisbon is a cosmopolitan city in a privileged strategic position, with a rich heritage and a temperate climate, where people feel safe and welcome. But if you are unsure about what the city can offer to investors, companies, entrepreneurs and students, check the facts and what others have to say of Lisboa and Portugal.

 

Lisboa, European & Atlantic Business Hub

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Lisbon is a strategic gateway to and from the European, American and African continents.

 

  • Nearshore location in the same time zone as the UK
  • Portugal is a founding member of the EURO currency and a Member State of the Schengen area
  • Portuguese is the 4th most widely spoken language in the world (261 million speakers) and the 5th more used language over the Internet (Source: Observatório da Língua Portuguesa, 2017)
  • Privileged access to:
    • 500 Million European consumers
    • 260 Million Portuguese-speaking consumers (Brazil, Angola, Mozambique…)
    • USA and Canada, to which Portugal is the nearest European country
    • Other markets in South American, Africa and Asia, with whom Portugal has excellent relations
  • Infrastructure and Transport Routes (Source: WEF, 2017, 137 countries):
    • Quality of roads - #8
    • Quality of port infrastructure - #25 (ports in Lisbon, Setubal and Sines offer access to key shipping routes between the Panama and Suez canals)
    • Quality of air transport infrastructure - #29 (daily direct flights from Lisbon International Airport to 110 major cities in the world – Source: ANA/VINCI Airports of Portugal, August 2017
    • Quality of railroad infrastructure - #31
  • International Trade
    • Trading across borders - #1 in 190 Economies (Source: 2017 Doing Business Report, World Bank)
    • Trade tariffs % duty - #6 (Source: The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018, WEF, 137 countries)

Talent

Human Resources

Portugal puts a high value on Education. The result of this investment is a well-prepared, multilingual population, who embraces change and innovation.

 

  • English Proficiency Index 2016 – #15 in 72 countries (Source: Education First)
  • The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 (Source; WEF, 137 countries):
    • Quality of the education system - #32
    • Quality of math and science education - #28
  • IMD 2016 World Talent Report and World Competitiveness Yearbook (Source: IMD World Competitiveness Center, 61 countries):
    • Public Expenditure on Education per Pupil (Secondary) - #3
    • Female Labour Force - #4
    • Availability of Qualified Engineers – #9
    • Flexibility & Adaptability – #1
    • Language Skills that meet the needs of Enterprises – #12
    • Management Education – #15
    • University Education – #19
  • IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2017 (Source: IMD World Competitiveness Center, 63 countries):
    • Pupil-teacher Ratio (tertiary education) – #10
    • Digital/Technological Skills - #14
    • Female Researchers – #14
    • Graduates in Sciences - #15
  • Higher Education – Lisbon area (LMA)
Graduates 2014/2015 Students enrolled 2015/2016
  LMA National LMA National
Total *33 838 89 476

**136 552

(49 110 new)

356 399

(129 144 new)

Sciences, Math and ITC 2652 7151

11 109

(4023 new)

28 476

(11 067 new)

Engineering, Manufacturing Industries & Construction 5744 16438

29 170

(7980 new)

75 899

(22 580 new)

Foreign Students   6288   37 435

Source: Ministry of Education, DGEEC

  • FT.com 2016 European Business School Ranking (Source: FT. com):
    • Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics - #24
    • Nova School of Business & Economics - #25 (#17 in Masters in Management 2017)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico – 13th best Engineering University in Europe (Source: US Best Global Universities Rankings 2016) 

 

Competitiveness

Business Environment

The operating costs in Lisbon are some of the lowest in Europe, without compromising quality standards and level of service.

 

  • FORBES Best Countries for Doing Business Ranking 2017 – #19 in 139 countries (Source: Forbes)
  • 2017 Doing Business Report - #25 in 190 countries (Source: World Bank, 2016 benchmarking)
  • The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 (Source: WEF, 137 countries):
    • Quality of Overall Infrastructure – #13
    • Time (days) to start a business - #19
    • Local Supplier Quality - #35
    • Value Chain Breadth - #33
    • Production Process Sophistication - #36
  • IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2017 (Source: IMD World Competitiveness Center, 63 countries):
    • Immigration Laws - #3
    • Enforcing Contracts - #18
    • Regulatory Framework – #19
  • Administrative Modernisation & e-Government (fewer and simplified administrative procedures, delivering public services online 24/7)
    • United Nations e-Government Survey 2016 (Source: UN, 193 countries):
      • e-Government Development Index - #38
      • e-Participation in 2016 – #50
  • Other Competitive Advantages
    • 2017 Corporate Income Tax Rate (IRC) – 21%
    • Annual Inflation Rate inferior to 1% (2017)
    • EU Labour Cost Levels in Industry, Construction and Services, 2016 - € 13.70 (Source: EUROSTAT, 2017)
    • Incentives to job creation and hiring:
      • Co-funded Professional Internships
      • Contract-Employment Measure
      • Social Security Tax Reduction
    • Financial and Tax Incentives to Productive and R&D Investment
    • Tax Incentives to attract Talent/Expats – Non-Habitual Resident scheme

Portugal is a tremendously viable location for software development because the country has creative and highly educated engineers, a history of embracing new technologies and can produce quality at a price that cannot be beaten anywhere in Europe”. (Source: Microsoft cited by aicep)

Quality of Life and Safety

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Quality of living combined with high safety records make Lisbon an easy sell when attracting talent. Moreover, sunny weather, great food, stunning architecture, world class surfing and golf and a dynamic cultural life add to the retention of human capital in the city.

 

  • Global Peace Index 2017 - #3 in 163 countries (Source: Vision of Humanity)
  • The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 (Source: WEF, 137 countries):
    • Infant Mortality Deaths/1,000 Live Births - #17
    • Health and Primary Education - #18
    • Life Expectancy - #22
  • Top Expat Destinations 2017 – #5 (Source: InterNations – Expat Insider 2017, The InterNations Survey, 188 countries/territories):
    • Quality of Life Index - #1
    • Friendliness and Feeling Welcome - #1
    • Leisure options – #2
    • Personal Happiness – #3
    • Ease of Settling In Index – #4
    • Health & Well-Being - #9
  • Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2017 Scores and Rankings, XL Category – #3 Lisboa (Source: EU - The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor: 2017 Edition)
    • Cultural Vibrancy Index - #1
      • Cultural Venues & Facilities - #1
      • Museums - #1
      • Sights & landmarks - #2
      • Concerts & shows - #2
    • Creative Economy Index - #9
      • Jobs in new Enterprises in Other Creative Sectors - #1
      • New Jobs in Creative Sectors - #2
      • Jobs in New Arts, Culture & Entertainment Enterprises - #4
  • World Travel Awards 2017, Europe, 50 countries (Source: World Travel Awards):
    • Europe's Leading Destination 2017 - Portugal
    • Europe's Leading Cruise Port 2017 - Porto de Lisboa

Lisboa, Startup City

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The start-up scene in Lisbon is thriving with record numbers of companies registered in the last few years, and there is a large contingent of foreign entrepreneurs who have taken root in the city. The wide availability of support, low taxes and affordable resources all make Lisbon an ideal launching pad for the young and ambitious. 

  • Accelerator Programmes – 7
  • FabLabs – 3
  • Business Incubators – 13
  • Co-working Spaces – 16
  • 3 Technological Parks (LISPOLIS, TAGUSPARK e MADANPARK)
  • 94 Higher Education Institutions in the Lisbon Area (Source: DGEEC 2015/16)
  • 157 Research Centres
  • Dynamic community of business angels, venture capital companies, crowdfunding, meetups.

Meet the official community of Lisbon-based innovators at Made of Lisboa. 

Innovation & Technology 

  • The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 (Source: WEF, 137 countries):
    • FDI and Technology Transfer - #15
    • Availability of Latest Technologies– #20
    • Quality of Scientific Research Institutions - #22
    • Internet Bandwidth kb/s/user 25 177.8) – #25
    • Firm-level Technology Absorption – #28
    • Availability of Scientists and Engineers - #28
    • Innovation - #32
    • Intellectual Property Protection - #32
    • PCT Patents Applications/million pop. - #33
    • University-industry Collaboration in R&D - #36
    • Company Spending on R&D - #39
  • 2017 EU Digital Progress Report (Source: UE, 28 countries, October 2016)
    • Integration of Digital Technology - #9
    • Connectivity – #10
    • Fixed Broadband coverage (total) - 100%
    • Fixed NGA coverage (total) - 95% (higher than the EU average of 76%)
    • 4G coverage - 95% (higher than the EU average of 84%)
  • Mobile Broadband penetration increase - #4 (Source: OECD, December 2016)
  • 2017 IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (Source: IMD World Competitiveness Center, 63 countries):
    • Communications Technology - #10
    • Internet Users - #15
    • Innovative Firms - #15
    • Smartphone possession - #20
  • Global Connectivity 2017 Index - #19 (Source: Huawei, 50 countries)
  • The Global Innovation Index 2017 - #31 (Source: Cornell University/WIPO/INSEAD, 127 countries):
    • Environmental Performance - #7
    • Computer Software Spending - #11
    • ISO 9001 Certificates - #11
    • Scientific and Technical Articles - #12
    • Industrial Designs - #14
    • Trademarks by origin - #15
    • ICT & Business Model Creativity - #16
    • Country-code TLDs - #18
    • Ecological Sustainability - #18
    • ISO 14001 Certificates - #21
    • Venture Capital Deals - #21
    • Creative Outputs - #21
    • Innovation Output - #31
    • Innovation Input - #33
    • Innovation Efficiency ratio - #33
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