The foreign press has the annoying tendency to always present the Portugal as a warm country, offering 300 days of sunshine per year, where the cost of living is low, etc., unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
Portugal 5th worst heated country
Portugal is the fifth country in the European Union where the percentage of people who cannot afford to heat their homes is higher, according to data published Monday by Eurostat About 19 % of the population cannot afford to heat. For comparison, the leading country in this ranking is Bulgaria (34 %), followed by Lithuania (28 %), Greece (23 %), Cyprus (22 %), Portugal (19 %) and Italy (14 %)
In 2018, 7 % of the EU population had reported in a Europe-wide survey that they could not afford to heat their homes due to lack of funds, this percentage peaked in 2012 at 11 %.