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Lisboa Municipal Council has a strategy for promoting the economic valorisation of the city, and attracting new investments, based on the following pillars:


•           Foster internationalization and promote the competitive capacity of Lisboa’s economy at a regional and global scale;

•           Create, attract and retain talent, companies, investments and activities in strategic clusters;

•           Foster innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit in Lisboa;

•           Transform Lisboa into an open space and explore new motivations, experiences and concepts;

•           Position Lisboa within the main global networks and production and value chains;

•           Insert Lisboa within the main international city projects and networks.

Portugal's capital for nearly 900 years, and the arrival point for "many frantic people ..." (Fernão Lopes, chronicler of the kingdom - b.1380), Lisboa keeps the past alive, without being nostalgic. It is firmly committed to modernity and is prepared for the future.

The river, light, seven hills, and friendly locals, make Lisboa a unique experience. This was the birthplace of the Fado - listed by UNESCO in 2011 as intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Lisboa is ranked amongst the Top 10 of the Financial Times magazine  - ed.FDI February / March 2012, as one of the European cities with the greatest future potential and also received The European City of the Year 2012 award from the Academy of Urbanism (UK), based on criteria such as governance, success and commercial viability, social and environmental sustainability and functionality.



Lisboa has a wide variety of excellent reasons to invest – ranging from its privileged geo-strategic situation, it’s role as the economic centre of a vast region, endowed with qualified human recourses and its cosmopolitan environment with a high quality of life.

On the other hand, the city has environmental, creative and entrepreneurial concerns, with a wide and competitive housing offer, and is also one of the safest cities in Europe.

Lisboa has been developing support structures for investment and entrepreneurship. The    Iniciativa Lisboa desk provides a one-stop shop for all the services and information that are necessary for starting up or developing a business in the city.

Simultaneously, it has established various partnerships, aimed at stimulation of the local economy and encouragement of new business initiatives, such as    InvestLisboa and the incubator    Start-up Lisboa. In the near future, Co-Working spaces (Forno do Tijolo Market) and a Fab Lab (fast prototyping lab) will also be made available, together with expansion of the business incubators network.