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0:59 — Which countries have already surpassed the average Portuguese salary?



0:59 — Which countries have already surpassed the average Portuguese salary?

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data goes back to 1995. Portugal immediately appears in the list of ten countries with the lowest average salary. There has been no comparative improvement in 25 years. On the contrary, in 2020, the most recent year, Portugal ranked 6th out of 35 countries.

Since 2007, Mexico, one of the few outsiders in the group of members with the lowest wages, along with Chile, has been at the tail of the OECD. The Mexican figure remained flat, between $16k/$17k, while wages in some Eastern European countries, which started from a lower base, generally rose.

In OECD terms, Slovenia, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are the nine EU member states that in 2000 had an average annual wage equivalent to or less than that of Portugal. Slovenia has long broken away from the Portuguese indicator, and today Slovenes earn one and a half times more than the Portuguese. In addition to Slovenia, there are four other countries in the group where the average wage is already higher (see graph of average wages).


Average annual salary*
In dollars

* OECD countries that are also member states of the European Union (22) and in 2000 the average annual wage was equal to or less than that of Portugal (9). Purchasing power parity at constant 2020 prices

The graph line representing the average wage in Portugal (highlighted in blue) shows that the figure has remained virtually unchanged since 2000. There have been large fluctuations over the years. The rest of the Member States, which started from the same or lower base than Portugal, show clearly upward curves with only occasional regressions during the 2008 crisis. The negative exception is Greece: it outperformed Portugal in 2002 but had a sharp rebound . fell between 2007 and 2013 and has not yet recovered.

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meta de increase the average salary in Portugal by 20% before the end of the legislature, the alignment of the share of wages in gross domestic product (GDP) with the European average is included in the government’s program and was confirmed by the prime minister over the weekend.


average annual salary
and the weight of wages and social contributions in GDP

*COUNTRIES OECD members that are also member states of the European Union (22 countries).
AVERAGE SALARY Purchasing Power Parity 2020 Constant Dollars (OECD 2020)
WEIGHT NOT GDP Rewards and social contributions as a percentage of GDP (Eurostat, 2021)

At the top of the list of countries with the highest average wages, which are 2.4 times higher than Portugal, are the USA, Iceland, Luxembourg and Switzerland.


Average salary in 2020, in dollars

*At purchasing power parities at constant 2020 prices.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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