• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • Bilateral relations


    The government of Portugal recognized the Polish state on 21 June 1919. After the II World War the government of the People’s Republic of Poland did not maintain diplomatic relations with Portugal. They were re-established only in 1974 resulting from the Carnation Revolution.  


    Poland and Portugal have been developing the high level political dialog on the basis of bilateral relations, in the EU and in the international arena. The two countries reinforce economic, cultural and scientific cooperation. President A. Duda paid a visit to Portugal on 26-27 April 2016 r. He held the talks with President of Portugal M. Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister A. Costa. Presidents of Poland and Portugal meet regularly during the meetings of presidents of states within the Arraiolos Group (the last one took place on 14-15 September 2016 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria). On 8-9 July 2016 Prime Minister A. Costa, Minister of Foreign Affairs A. Santos Silva and Minister of National Defence J. Alberto Azeredo Lopes took part in Warsaw NATO Summit. On 24 July 2016 in Bratislava Secretary of State for European Affairs K. Szymański held political consultations with his Portuguese counterpart Secretary of State for European Affairs M. Marques. Bilateral consultations on the level of directors of MFA European Policy Departments took place on 23 November 2016 in Warsaw.


    In 2016 the trade volume amounted to EUR 1,3 billion. Polish exports to Portugal were at the level of EUR 737,8 million, while imports totaled EUR 576,7 million. Poland recorded a positive bilateral trade balance of EUR 161,1 million. The growth of trade between Poland and Portugal, registered in almost all categories of goods, results from increasing cooperation and interdependance of Polish and Portuguese industries.  


    According to Bank of Portugal (Banco de Portugal), in 2015 Portuguese foreign direct investments in Poland totaled EUR 1,1 billion. Poland remains one of the most important Portuguese investment markets in Central and Eastern Europe, reached the 6th rank in Europe. Pursuant to the data of AICEP, in 2015 more than 150 Portuguese enterprises were registered in Poland. The cumulative value of Polish investments in Portugal amounted to EUR 40,1 million.


    Portugal has an estimated community of approximately 1500 Poles. The overwhelming majority of Polish citizens came to Portugal in last 25 years. There is a small group of Polish emigration after the II World War. The Polish association Associação Sócio-Cultural „Polónia” and the informal Polish-Portuguese Business Club have been acting since 2013.




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