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- Stats for Portugal
Portugal used to be one of the most powerful countries in the world, but it is now quite weak.
Top 25 Stats
Percent of Country Who Are Christians- 94.39% (3rd); Gospel Visits to Non-Christians- 190.90% (8th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Christians- 6.61% (21st).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Portuguese (91.3%); Indigenous minorities (1.1%, includes Romani, Galician, Mirandesa).
Poor after years of dictatorship and colonial wars; Improved after entry into European Union. Tourism, manufacturing, and services are the main revenue sources. Religious and political freedom transformed nation after 1975. Individualism and materialism are the core culture; Problems with drug abuse are large.
History / Politics
Independent since 1143 and a republic in 1910; 1974 revolution ended 48-year dictatorship. All of its colonies were given independence in 1975; Member of European Union.
Catholic church needs a revival; In south, fewer than 3% attend church. Evangelical church is growing from less than 1% in 1960 to 3% of the population now. Many pastors do not have adequate training, and more Christian workers are needed.
The economy has improved, but pray that this does not draw people away from Christ. Pray for revival, as the nation is largely secular even though many say they are Catholic. Pray that the evangelical church will grow faster and will be united. Pray that more pastors and teaching materials will become available.