Portugal was one of pioneers of Europe’s exploration of the world in the 15th century, and although it has a long history of foreign trade, it is no longer the superpower it once was.
It’s currently the UK’s 13th largest export market in the EU, and 29th worldwide and sales of goods and services accounting for £1.8bn in 2011.
That said, its ties to its former colonies mean it’s still a gateway to a market of 250 million people worldwide, mostly in the Portuguese speaking markets of Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.
Although there’s no time difference with the UK, the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, sits some 1,300 miles almost directly south of London and is around a two-and-a-half hour flight away – so a conference call is probably the most straightforward and certainly the most cost-effective way to stay in touch.
And here’s how to set up a conference call between UK and Portugal in just a few simple steps…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Portugal
The first thing to do is to visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free, unique PIN and then click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template. Type in the time, date and subject of the conference call, before picking UK and Portugal dial-in codes and clicking ‘Copy this invitation’.
The next thing to do is paste it into the body of an email and then send it to as many as 100 participants, then wait for your conference call to begin.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the specified time participants need to dial the following numbers before entering the PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 373 0843
– Portugal participants dial 707-501969
Your conference call can now begin!
Where is Portugal?
One of the oldest nations in Europe, Portugal is Europe’s most westerly country with an Atlantic coastline to the west and bordered by Spain to the east.
What is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on traveling to Portugal?
Thousands of people travel to Portugal on business and pleasure trips each year without incident, and so there are no specific risks involved in going there. But should remain vigilant, as you would in any country, as street crime including muggings, pickpocketing, handbag snatching and theft from cars do occur, with thieves usually targeting money and passports.
You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.
If yo need business advice and information on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks, check out the Overseas Business Risk service.
For more information, visit GOV.UK
What’s the best time to call Portugal from the UK?
Portugal sits on the same latitudinal axis as the UK and so shares the same time zone – this means you can safely make calls in UK business hours without getting anyone out of hours.