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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPortugalPor‧tu‧gal /ˈpɔːtʃəɡəl $ ˈpɔːr-/  a country in southwest Europe, west of Spain, which is a member of the EU (European Union). Population: 10,799,270 (2014). Capital: Lisbon. Portugal's traditional industries include fishing and wine, and its more modern industries include clothing and car parts. Portugal's southern coast, the Algarve, is known as a popular place for holidays. Portugal is known in the UK as Britain's oldest ally (=a country that agrees to support another country in war), because the two countries have been allies since the 14th century.
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