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The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

The Family in Portugal: Past and Present
The family in Portugal: Past and present
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Introduction

Portugal is an old European country, independent since the 12th century and situated on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The country is quite homogeneous, sociologically speaking, and includes the Madeira Island and the Azores, two regions inhabited by the Portuguese since the 15th century, when the islands were first discovered by navigators.

Portugal has a population of 10.3 million. Eighty-five percent of the population is concentrated along the coast. The two main cities, both located in coastal areas, are Lisbon and Porto, which are the two main centers of attraction for countryside populations. The Madeira and Azores islands constitute two politically autonomous areas, with about 4% of the population.

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