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This is a list of cities in Portugal. In Portugal, a city (Portuguese: cidade) is an honorific term given to locations that meet several criteria, such as having a minimum number of inhabitants, good infrastructure (schools, medical care, cultural and sports facilities), or have a major historical importance. The country's demographic expansion of the 1980s prompted the elevation of several towns to city status and, as of 2006, 151 locations in Portugal are considered a city.

In Portugal, the city is not an administrative division, therefore a city generally does not necessarily correspond to a municipality, with the exception of the entirely urban municipalities, such as Lisbon, Porto, Funchal,Amadora,Entroncamento e São João da Madeira.

Until 1910, a location was proclaimed city by royal charter, which happened 25 times to current Portuguese cities (royal charters were also granted to cities of the Portuguese Empire; for example, São Paulo in 1711). During the Portuguese First Republic, the process was transferred to the Parliament, which elevated three towns to the category of city. The dictatorial Estado Novo regime proclaimed seven cities on the Portuguese mainland (as well as some more in the colonies), this time by government decree. After the Carnation revolution, proclamation of cities returned to Parliament and now, Portugal has 156 cities, one of the consequences being that the title no longer holds the prestige it once had.

Eight locations have been always considered cities since Portugal became an independent kingdom (de facto 1128): Braga, Coimbra, Lamego, Porto and Viseu, as well as Évora, Lisbon and Silves, which were annexed at a later date. Guarda was the first city proclaimed as part of the independent kingdom, in 1199.

The most recent cities were proclaimed on 12 June 2009: Valença, Senhora da Hora, São Pedro do Sul, Samora Correia, and Borba

The most populous cities are: Lisbon (Lisboa), Oporto (Porto), Amadora, Gaia, Braga, Queluz, Coimbra, Setubal, Agualva-Cacem, Almada and Funchal.

Contents

List

Crest City Municipality Population[1] A city since
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Abrantes
Abrantes
14,775
14 June 1916
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Agualva-Cacém
Sintra
121,000
12 July 2001
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Águeda
Águeda
11,357
14 August 1985
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Albufeira
Albufeira
16,237
20 August 1986
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Alcácer do Sal
Alcácer do Sal
9,118
12 July 1997
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Alcobaça
Alcobaça
9,775
30 August 1995
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Almada
Almada
101,500
16 June 1973
Almeirim
Almeirim
11,607
16 August 1991
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Alverca do Ribatejo
Vila Franca de Xira
29,086
9 August 1990
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Amadora
Amadora
151,500
17 September 1979
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Amarante
Amarante
11,000
14 August 1985
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Amora
Seixal
53,638
2 July 1993
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Anadia
Anadia
3,533
9 December 2004
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Angra do Heroísmo
Angra do Heroísmo
21,200
21 August 1534
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Aveiro
Aveiro
67,003
11 April 1759
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Barcelos
Barcelos
20,000
6 September 1928
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Barreiro
Barreiro
50,232
28 June 1984
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Beja
Beja
23,475
10 April 1521
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Braga
Braga
170,250
From time immemorial
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Bragança
Bragança
19,998
23 February 1464
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Caldas da Rainha
Caldas da Rainha
30,006
26 August 1927
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Câmara de Lobos
Câmara de Lobos
16,842
2 August 1996
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Caniço
Santa Cruz
11,586
9 June 2005
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Cantanhede
Cantanhede
7,066
16 August 1991
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Cartaxo
Cartaxo
10,115
30 August 1995
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Castelo Branco
Castelo Branco
34,525
20 March 1771
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Chaves
Chaves
19,307
18 March 1929
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Coimbra
Coimbra
138,540
From time immemorial
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Costa da Caparica
Almada
14,100
9 December 2004
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Covilhã
Covilhã
36,147
20 October 1870
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Elvas
Elvas
28,106
3 April 1513
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Entroncamento
Entroncamento
20,065
16 August 1991
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Ermesinde
Valongo
40,139
10 August 1990
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Esmoriz
Ovar
11,200
2 July 1993
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Espinho
Espinho
10,500
16 June 1973
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Esposende
Esposende
9,148
2 July 1993
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Estarreja
Estarreja
7,000
9 December 2004
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Estremoz
Estremoz
9,011
31 August 1926
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Évora
Évora
46,417
From time immemorial
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Fafe
Fafe
15,323
23 August 1986
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Faro
Faro
43,757
7 September 1540
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Fátima
Ourém
10,302
12 July 1997
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Felgueiras
Felgueiras
15,100
10 August 1990
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Figueira da Foz
Figueira da Foz
36,500
20 September 1882
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Fiães
Santa Maria da Feira
13,100
12 July 2001
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Freamunde
Paços de Ferreira
7,452
12 July 2001
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Funchal
Funchal
100,526
21 August 1508
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Fundão
Fundão
8,957
19 April 1988
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Gafanha da Nazaré
Ílhavo
14,021
21 July 2001
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Gandra
Paredes
5,200
26 August 2003
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Gondomar
Gondomar
25,000
16 August 1991
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Gouveia
Gouveia
3,500
1 February 1988
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Guarda
Guarda
32,274
27 November 1199
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Guimarães
Guimarães
52,181
23 June 1853
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Horta
Horta
9,000
4 July 1833
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Lagoa
Lagoa
5,000
12 July 2001
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Lagos
Lagos
20,000
27 January 1573
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Lamego
Lamego
12,000
From time immemorial
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Leiria
Leiria
50,264
13 June 1545
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Lisbon
Lisbon
508,209
From time immemorial
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Lixa
Felgueiras
5,500
30 August 1995
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Loulé
Loulé
24,000
1 February 1988
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Loures
Loures
26,000
9 August 1990
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Lourosa
Santa Maria da Feira
11,300
12 July 2001
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Macedo de Cavaleiros
Macedo de Cavaleiros
7,800
24 June 1999
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Maia
Maia
40,000
23 August 1986
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Mangualde
Mangualde
8,107
12 July 2001
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Marco de Canaveses
Marco de Canaveses
9,000
2 July 1993
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Marinha Grande
Marinha Grande
29,100
19 April 1988
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Matosinhos
Matosinhos
47,703
28 June 1984
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Mealhada
Mealhada
5,500
26 August 2003
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Mêda
Mêda
2,004
9 December 2004
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Miranda do Douro
Miranda do Douro
2,000
10 July 1545
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Mirandela
Mirandela
11,000
28 June 1984
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Montemor-o-Novo
Montemor-o-Novo
14,000
18 April 1988
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Montemor-o-Velho
Montemor-o-Velho
30,000
1212
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Montijo
Montijo
30,486
14 August 1985
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Moura
Moura
10,000
1 February 1988
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Odivelas
Odivelas
54,500
10 August 1990
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Olhão da Restauração
Olhão
31,100
14 August 1985
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Oliveira de Azeméis
Oliveira de Azeméis
15,000
16 May 1984
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Oliveira do Bairro
Oliveira do Bairro
5,005
26 August 2003
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Oliveira do Hospital
Oliveira do Hospital
4,400
2 July 1993
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Ourém
Ourém
11,100
16 August 1991
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Ovar
Ovar
18,900
28 June 1984
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Paços de Ferreira
Paços de Ferreira
9,000
2 July 1993
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Paredes
Paredes
12,500
16 August 1991
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Penafiel
Penafiel
10,000
3 March 1770
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Peniche
Peniche
17,500
1 February 1988
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Peso da Régua
Peso da Régua
10,000
14 August 1985
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Pinhel
Pinhel
3,500
25 August 1770
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Pombal
Pombal
18,500
16 August 1991
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Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada
46,102
2 April 1546
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Ponte de Sor
Ponte de Sor
11,000
14 August 1985
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Portalegre
Portalegre
15,700
23 May 1550
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Portimão
Portimão
40,700
11 December 1924
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Porto
Porto
240,227
From time immemorial
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Vila Baleira (a.k.a. (Porto Santo)
Porto Santo
4,475
2 August 1996
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Póvoa de Santa Iria
Vila Franca de Xira
28,000
24 June 1999
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Póvoa de Varzim
Póvoa de Varzim
38,257
16 June 1973
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Praia da Vitória
Praia da Vitória
6,500
20 June 1981
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Quarteira
Loulé
21,000
24 June 1999
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Queluz
Sintra
116,124
24 July 1997
Rebordosa
Paredes
12,100
26 August 2003
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Reguengos de Monsaraz
Reguengos de Monsaraz
7,900
9 December 2004
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Ribeira Grande
Ribeira Grande
6,350
29 June 1981
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Rio Maior
Rio Maior
11,102
14 August 1985
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Rio Tinto
Gondomar
61,227
30 August 1995
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Sabugal
Sabugal
2,300
9 December 2004
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Sacavém
Loures
17,000
4 June 1997
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Santa Comba Dão
Santa Comba Dão
3,200
24 June 1999
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Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
6,500
2 August 1996
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Santa Maria da Feira
Santa Maria da Feira
16,900
14 August 1985
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Santana
Santana
3,300
1 January 2001
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Santarém
Santarém
30,100
24 December 1868
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Santiago do Cacém
Santiago do Cacém
7,753
16 August 1991
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Santo Tirso
Santo Tirso
14,100
14 August 1985
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São João da Madeira
São João da Madeira
21,102
28 June 1984
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São Mamede de Infesta
Matosinhos
27,000
12 July 2001
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São Salvador de Lordelo
Paredes
11,000
26 August 2003
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Seia
Seia
7,000
23 August 1986
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Seixal
Seixal
31,101
2 July 1993
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Serpa
Serpa
9,990
26 August 2003
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Setúbal
Setúbal
120,636
19 April 1860
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Silves
Silves
11,000
From time immemorial
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Sines
Sines
15,555
12 July 1997
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Tarouca
Tarouca
3,200
9 December 2004
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Tavira
Tavira
13,300
16 March 1520
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Tomar
Tomar
20,000
12 February 1844
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Tondela
Tondela
10,120
1 February 1988
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Torres Novas
Torres Novas
14,900
14 August 1985
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Torres Vedras
Torres Vedras
27,200
3 February 1979
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Trancoso
Trancoso
3,350
9 December 2004
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Trofa
Trofa
22,000
2 July 1993
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Valbom
Gondomar
14,100
9 December 2004
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Vale de Cambra
Vale de Cambra
4,200
2 July 1993
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Valongo
Valongo
27,900
10 August 1990
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Valpaços
Valpaços
4,102
24 June 1999
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Vendas Novas
Vendas Novas
10,103
2 July 1993
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Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo
36,750
20 January 1848
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Vila do Conde
Vila do Conde
32,257
1 February 1988
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Vila Franca de Xira
Vila Franca de Xira
19,000
28 June 1984
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Vila Nova de Famalicão
Vila Nova de Famalicão
30,100
14 August 1985
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Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Vila Nova de Foz Côa
3,303
12 July 1997
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Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Nova de Gaia
178,526
28 June 1984
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Vila Nova de Santo André
Santiago do Cacém
12,123
26 August 2003
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Vila Real
Vila Real
27,250
20 July 1925
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Vila Real de Santo António
Vila Real de Santo António
11,000
19 April 1988
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Viseu
Viseu
50,583
From time immemorial
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Vizela
Vizela
10,100
1 September 1998

Notes

  1. ^ Although the cities list doesn't indicate the cities' population, it indicates the parishes that compose them, therefore, this number is the sum of the population of the parishes. The population data was taken from the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities and is from 2004.
  • Except the city of Figueira da Foz

See also

References

  1. "Cidades Portuguesas". Instituto Nacional de Estatística. http://www.ine.pt/prodserv/nomenclaturas/refter/cid-vil/cidades_ano.asp?ano=200212&anoD=2002. Retrieved 2006-07-08.  
  2. "Municípios Portugueses". Associação Nacional de Municípios Portugueses. http://www.anmp.pt/. Retrieved 2006-03-27.  

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