Epal project (Portugal) By: Cristy G Tiffanie V
Geography of Portugal • Portugal is an extension of the mountainous formations of the Iberian peninsula. • Portugal borders Spain and includes many islands in the Atlantic ocean. • Many of the rivers located here spew out into the Atlantic ocean. • The coast is approximately 586 miles long.
Geography of Portugal cont. Micas, Tiffanie’s epal is sledding in the snow with her family over the winter break.
Government of Portugal • Its based on the democracy of the parliament. • The government comprises the Prime minister, other ministers and the state secretary.Each minister heads a ministry. • The government has the power to negotiate with other countries, to submit bills to the Assembly of the Republic, to issue decrees and to take administrative de- cisions.
Government of Portugal cont. • President: Aníbal Cavaco Silva (2006) • Prime Minister: José Sócrates (resigned March 2011) • The president, who is the head of state, is elected by popular vote to a five-year term and is eligible for a second term. • The prime minister, who is appointed by the president and must have support of the legislature, is the head of government.
Education • Public schooling lasts 9 years from ages 6 to 15. • The high unemployment and low educational skill is causing the government to consider sending many young kids back to school. • The school year runs from the middle of September to the middle of June. Each year must consist of 180 days.
Education cont. Claudia: “In school I have subjects like Drawing, Descriptive Geometry, History of Arts, Portuguese, Phylosophy, Physical Education and English. Three times a week I have Geometry, History of Arts and Drawing. Twice a week I have Portuguese, Phylosophy, Physical Education and English. “
Education cont. • The basic education is divided into three consecutive cycles. • The first cycle of education is provided by primary schools. This lasts for four years, for pupils aged 6-10. • The second Lasts 2 years, from pupils 10-12.These pupils attend a secondary school. • Lasts 3 years, for pupils from 12-15. These pupils also attend a secondary school.
FAMILY • Micas (Tiffanie’s Epal) has two sisters and one younger brother who is one. Both of her sisters are older than her. • Many Portuguese families consist of many children. • Micas had 3 turtles but as they got too big for their tank she set them free into the nearby lake. • Although she had turtles her parents wouldn’t let her get a dog.
Family Cont. • The majority of the Portuguese people are Roman Catholics. • The climate goes from harsh extremes in the mountains to mild climate on the coast making Portugal ideal for a wide selction of agricultural. Examples: Vineyards, Olive groves, Almond groves, and off-season vegetables
Customs/ Traditions • Many traditions or Portugal consist of the regular Easter Sunday, Good Friday, Saint’s Day and New Year’s. • The most important holiday of all is Christmas. During this special day the women sit in the center of the church while the men on the outer edge.
Customs / Traditions Cont. • In Portugal they celebrate a holiday called Carnival with masks and different costumes. • In the US it would be like a mixture of Mardi Gras and Halloween. • The holiday is called Carnival because it is almost like a huge carnival and parade throughout their streets.
Current Events • Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigned from his position in March 2011 saying “I am convince the country is lost.” • The country is in a large amount of debt and with the resignation of the Prime Minister the pressure to seek help from the EU has greatly increased. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/portugal-government-faces-key-austerity-vote-2011-03-23
Current Events Cont. Prime Minister Jose Socrates The Country of Portugal lies in debt because of the absence of the Prime Minister Jose Socrates.