The Portuguese government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was swift, competent and responsible. Consequently Portugal avoided the extremely high numbers of cases and fatalities reported in other European countries. Portugal has frequently been cited by the international press for this ‘best practices’ response.
Moreover, Portugal is considered one of the world’s safest countries. The Global Peace Index ranks Portugal as number three. The Douro Valley is one of the safest regions in the entire country and Porto is equally a safe city. The Portuguese are a gentle, peace-loving people.