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Porto has long been Portugal's business heart, with many of the country's best industries based around its perimeter. About 1.7 million people live in the Porto metropolitan area, making it the second-largest urban area of Portugal. At its core lies the city of Porto, the economic capital of North-Western Portugal and a fast-growing hub for knowledge and digital business in Europe.

Top reasons to choose Porto 
From multinational enterprises to high growth start-ups, find out what makes them invest in Porto.

Talent community
Talent community
Porto's skilled workforce and world-class education make it a top choice for companies looking to thrive in today's knowledge economy.
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Global connectivity
Global connectivity
Porto is an open economy in a privileged location on Western Europe, well-connected to international markets and global value chains.
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Innovation hub
Innovation hub
Porto is well-positioned for growth as a center of innovation, having a robust ecosystem for R&D and entrepreneurship.
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Great lifestyle
Great lifestyle
Porto offers a rich and fulfilling lifestyle, surrounded by inspiring landscapes and a welcoming community.
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Competitive economy
Competitive economy
Porto and North-Western Portugal are crucial drivers of the Portuguese economy, with a competitive export sector, and an increasing presence of global companies.
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Sustainable city
Sustainable city
Porto has taken ambitious actions to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030 and enhance the well-being of its citizens through collaborative efforts.
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3rd City with best
English skills
Southern Europe
EF Education First, 2022
1st Best large city
for foreign investment
FT / fDi Intelligence, 2023
7th Hottest destination
for digital nomads
Nomad List, Feb/2023
Discover Opportunities
The most pressing global challenges will be solved on a city level. Discover Porto’s most promising industries and the business opportunities that will shape our future.

Success Stories
Get to know some of the leading companies who have made Porto their home.
Luís Silva Santos Luís Silva Santos Ascendi France « Why Porto? It could only be here! »
João Remelgado João Remelgado Bee Engineering France « For us it is obvious that the city's culture is something we identify with. »
Fabrice Segui Fabrice Segui BNP Paribas France « Porto is a strategic location for the group in Europe. »
Idalette Cervaes Idalette Cervaes Bouygues Telecom Services France « Porto is a city full of opportunities, full of promises for international companies like ours, that want to develop themselves and to recruit new talent. »
Celestino Fonseca Celestino Fonseca Chocolataria Equador Portugal « The city has a very special charisma and us being here has precisely to do with that. »
Ahmed Aboulezz Ahmed Aboulezz Concentrix USA « Porto embraces so many different cultures and education establishments, we have been able to bring many diverse and highly qualified people into the business. »
Jochen Diehm Jochen Diehm Continental Engineering Services Germany « Porto is a very well balanced city, rich in culture, rich in nature, and also with a very strong foundation in different industries. »
Christoph Falk-Gierlinger Christoph Falk-Gierlinger Continental Engineering Services Germany « Excellence always succeeds and we have chosen the right place for our company's journey. »
João Brito João Brito Critical Software Portugal « People here have a lot of heart and guts, and that is essential to act boldly. »
Rui Cordeiro Rui Cordeiro Critical TechWorks (BMW Group) Germany / Portugal « Porto has given us this ability to attract human capital and develop knowledge, not only from the city, but also from abroad. »
Paulo Pires Paulo Pires Devexperts Germany « Porto has everything. The talent, the quality of life, the culture, the tech cluster, the ease of travelling. It’s one of the best places on the planet to be. »
Verónica Orvalho Verónica Orvalho Didimo Portugal « People are excited to work here. We are 50 meters from the beach, near to all kinds of amenities. The lifestyle balance is very important. »
Renato Oliveira Renato Oliveira ebankIT Portugal « A city that, with the help of InvestPorto, has helped us grow from Porto to the rest of the world. »
José Veiga José Veiga euPago Portugal « Porto's success, today, is a reflection of history. »
Manuel Bento Manuel Bento Euronext Technologies Netherlands « Quality in the resources and state-of-the-art communications network and data infrastructures, which are fundamental to our activity. »
Isabel Ucha Isabel Ucha Euronext Technologies Netherlands « Within Europe, Portugal - and Porto in particular - was the location that showed availability of talent at competitive costs, when compared with other alternative locations. »
João Maia João Maia FABAMAQ Portugal « The great advantage of being located here in Porto was, without a doubt, the access to talent. »
António Parada António Parada FairJourney Biologics Portugal « Why not give back what I owe to this region? My contribution is to create jobs. »
Luís Teixeira Luís Teixeira FARFETCH Portugal « Porto is the epicentre of a radius with some of the best universities. »
Pedro Barata Pedro Barata Feedzai USA « Why Porto? Because of its positive obsession with innovation and the sheer talent that it offers. »
Afonso Santos Afonso Santos Founders Founders Portugal « If you wanto to achieve equilibrium and quality of live, professionally and personally, only in Porto. »
Rui d'Ávila Rui d'Ávila GFH Portugal « Porto currently offers very important things to those who want to settle here. It has a top-tier international airport and it has a significant capacity of tourism attraction. »
Felipe Ávila da Costa Felipe Ávila da Costa Infraspeak Portugal « I think that Porto, due to the city on its own, but also for its culture and its people, has a truly singular personality that is well aligned with our company's internal culture. »
Ricardo Campos Ricardo Campos ITSCREDIT France « Porto is a fun city to live and work in. »
Alexandre Viana Alexandre Viana ITSector France « One of the European cities with the highest quality of life, either in terms of gastronomy, climate or safety. »
Paula Gomes da Costa Paula Gomes da Costa Körber Digital Germany « Porto has a very good talent pool of resources, people are very high qualified and the city overall has very good conditions to foster this talent. »
João Teixeira João Teixeira LIV Student Portugal « Being located in a big city like Porto, it is always easier to attract talent. »
Joana Ribeiro Joana Ribeiro Mercadona Spain « It is one of the main population centres, the city is very well located and it has very good accessibilities and connections. »
Jordi Vilanova Jordi Vilanova Mercan Group Canada « It is diffcult to think about a better place with a better hospitality than Porto. »
Jorge Miranda Jorge Miranda msg life Germany « A place where you will get excellent service, delivered by people with great engineering skills and a proper attitude.»
Ettiene Huret Ettiene Huret Natixis France « Talent people, high level of education, proximity to European capitals and the generosity, the generosity of the place and the generosity of its people. »
Gonçalo Cruz Gonçalo Cruz PlatformE Portugal « Porto is one of the best city to be in. »
Bernardo Trindade Bernardo Trindade PortoBay Flores Switzerland « Why Porto? It is the city of the moment. »
Adérito Ferreira Adérito Ferreira Readiness IT Portugal « We found here, in fact, a port for reaching out to the world. »
Jorge Valdeira Jorge Valdeira Regus Luxembourg « A city to work, a city to live. »
Hugo Neves Hugo Neves Selina Panama « Porto is disruptive. »
Benedita Miranda Benedita Miranda Sitel France « In Porto we are able to achieve a low cost services and at the same time with high quality. »
Frederico Barreto Frederico Barreto Sodexo Business Services France « Porto is a talent hub, already recognized at a global scale. »
Gilles Carlier Gilles Carlier Sodexo Business Services France « Why Porto? Talent! People! »
Márcio Colunas Márcio Colunas SWORD Health USA / Portugal « Porto has a brand that attracts talent, not just because of the quality of life, but also because of all the engaging career opportunities that exist. »
Célio Albuquerque Célio Albuquerque Synopsys USA « There is a close relationship with some of the universities in the area of Porto. »
Marco Oliveira Marco Oliveira Uphold USA / Portugal « Why Porto? It is very easy, 3 words: a big small city. »
João Barros João Barros Veniam Portugal « Porto has a brand that attracts talent, not just because of the quality of life, but also because of all the engaging career opportunities that exist. »
Martin Kaasgaard Martin Kaasgaard Vestas Denmark « Why Porto? It is the quality of the people! »
Tiago Violas Ferreira Tiago Violas Ferreira Violas Ferreira Portugal « We have a river, the sea and urban parks in the city that contribute to this great lifestyle and a very good quality of life. »
João Amaral João Amaral Voltalia France « It is a city with the right size, the moblitiy is quite easy. »
Nuno Godinho Nuno Godinho Yotel Kuwait « Tradition linked to the country's culture and innovation due to the capacity to attract new industries. »
Predrag Poposki Predrag Poposki Zühlke Engineering Germany « There is a huge talent market out here. People with very good working habits, great tech universities and the right mindset. »
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