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Retrato de Lisboa

The City's Economy

2.8 million inhabitants in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (of which 505 thousand in the city)

66.5 billion euros is the GDP displayed by the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

1.3 million jobs Metropolitan Area of Lisbon

323 thousand companies (of which 99 thousand are in city)

141 thousand students enrolled in the year 2017/2018 in higher education in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon

26 thousand students graduates in the year 2016/2017 in higher education in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon


1.5% of the GDP of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon in research and development expenses

Lisboa offers a privileged location for the European or regional headquarters of multinational companies, and is a very competitive space for attracting research centres and skills centres of multinational companies, with a high potential for the localization of shared services and nearshoring .

In the context of globalization, the demand for strategic information is a necessity - both for the companies, and for territories.

The effectiveness of economic development depends on the collective capacity (companies, state, universities, etc..) in transforming information into knowledge, using shared tools that makes it possible to anticipate opportunities, risks, challenges and emerging trends.

Economic Intelligence is the set of methods and tools that aims to foster research, obtainment, processing, storage and systematic dissemination of information that is relevant to companies and organizations. It is based on management of strategic information that covers various fields of intervention: social, cultural, territorial, activity and corporate needs, competition, etc..

Initiatives developed in the framework of Economic Intelligence interconnect with concepts such as: forces of change, benchmarking, forecasting, territorial intelligence, external environment, support for decision making, amongst others.

Economic Intelligence, especially as it is viewed by Lisboa Municipal Council, may contribute to generating competencies and competitive advantages for cities and companies, creating and strengthening partnerships between the city’s agents, improving cooperation between the public and private sectors, and strengthening the urban economy on the basis of knowledge and intangible capital.