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Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of its wealthiest colony of Brazil in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986. In January 2011, Portugal assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2011-12 term.


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Military

Military branches
Portuguese Army (Exercito Portuguesa), Portuguese Navy (Marinha Portuguesa; includes Marine Corps), Portuguese Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa, FAP) (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; no compulsory military service; women serve in the armed forces, on naval ships since 1993, but are prohibited from serving in some combatant specialties; reserve obligation to age 35 (2010)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 2,566,264
Females age 16-49 2,458,297 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 2,103,080
Females age 16-49 2,018,004 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 62,208
Female 54,786 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 65
2.3% of GDP (2005 est.)


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Portugal (Lisbon):
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GPS points from Portugal (Lisbon)

square Vale Salgueiro Distrito De Leiria

square Colmeal Distrito De Castelo Branco

square Bustelo Distrito De Viseu

square Parada Distrito De Coimbra

square Granja Distrito De Braga

square Ribeira Da Pampilhosa Distrito De Castelo Branco

square Bemposta Distrito De Beja

square Malhao Distrito De Faro




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