2011 LISBON MARATHON, PORTUGAL: 3:11:58 (2011-12-04)


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Capital: Lisbon (548,000)

Population: 10,5 million

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Famous people from Portugal:

Ferdinand Magellan (explorer), Vasco de Gama (explorer), Pedro Alvares Cabral (explorer), Rosa Monta (Olympic marathon champion), Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), Eusebio (soccer), Luís Figo (soccer), Jose Mourinho (soccer coach)

Fun facts about Portugal:

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe. Portugal has the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe.

Bartholomew Diaz, a Portuguese explorer, was the first person to sail round the southern tip of Africa, which he named the Cape of Good Hope.

Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer who was financed by Spain, was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the world. He set the record in the year 1522.

During the Roman times, Portugal was called Luisitania.

It is illegal to kill a bull in Portuguese bullfighting.

The oldest alliance in the world, still in force, is the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, signed in 1373.

70% of the world’s corks are exported from Portugal, making it the largest producer of corks.

Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery. It did so in 1761.

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