Despite its relatively small size, the country boasts a great diversity of geographical features, from golden plains to mountainous zones.
As a member of the European Union and NATO, Portugal plays a greater role in both European and world affairs than its size would suggest.
Total area: 92,090 sq. km (including Madeira and Azores archipelagos)
Land: 91,470 sq. km
Water: 620 sq. km
Land use: 17 percent arable land; 8 percent permanent crops; 75 percent other.
Weather: Maritime temperate; cold and rainy on the north coast, warm and dry on the south coast.
Terrain: Mountainous north of the Tagus river, rolling plains in the south.