Work Usage in Lisbon

  • Normal working hours may not exceed eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. By means of an instrument of collective labour regulation, however, normal working hours can be increased by a maximum of four hours, though the duration of weekly work may not exceed 60 hours.
  • Business attire is usually formal. In creative industries, a more casual dress code is followed.
  • Business greeting is generally a firm handshake and eye contact.
For more detailed information on working norms in Portugal, please click here.

When in Lisbon,  you'll have plenty of holidays to explore the city and its surroundings. Like in Germany, most of these holidays are of a religious origin. The main Portugese public holidays in 2009 include:

  • 1 January - New Years Day
  • 24 February - Mardi Gras
  • 10- 13 April - Easter
  • 25 April - Freedom Day
  • 1 May - Labour Day
  • 10 June - Portugal Day
  • 11 June - Corpus Chrisit
  • 15 August - Assumption of Mary
  • 5 October - Republic Day
  • 1 November - All Saints Day
  • 1 December - Restoration of Independence Day
  • 8 December - Immaculate Conception
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

Update 7/09/2009


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