The Portuguese are lazy, they don’t work, they just chill, drink wine, and play football . That’s a typical opinion on Portugal in the North. Well, for some reason, the stereotypes in other countries are not much better. More than that, I had myself the similar picture of Portugal before I actually arrived here 3 years ago. I could make a separate post on my silly presumptions, if you are interested. ☺
After being here in Portugal for 2 months involved in university activities and talking to local people, I should say that Portuguese people are a very hard-working nation. The working days are long and exhausting, responsibilities are high, the pace is fast. And nobody complains! In Northern Europe, I constantly hear that people are tired, they have too much work even if they have to stay 8,5 hours at work instead of 7,5.. and constant complain about everything related to work, salary (the highest in Europe), conditions (also the best among the EU countries), colleagues…
Despite long working hours, Portuguese people find time for family, friends, hobbies, etc. How? I don’t know, but they are like supermen who manage to handle so many things at the same time.
I am also impressed by the high quality of work done my Portuguese people. They are very deliberate, which again breaks another stereotype of Portugal being a low quality country.
For a strange reason, Portugal is underestimated. What is more, this lovely country undeservedly got the negative label… 😞 But, guys, you are the best! 😘❤