Portuguese Stereotypes

Lisbon is amazing! I loved my stay there! Of course I had in my head some of portuguese stereotypes as : The portuguese women have mustache, everybody smell like bacalhau, everybody likes Fado, they are explorers and have so much story to tell us… and so on.

I can say to you that those stereotypes are false, apart from Fado music…

But I was there with a portuguese friend that I’ve met in Milan. She hosted me and push me to explore Lisboa in a deep way.

Fernando Pessoa's statue
Fernando Pessoa’s statue


These are some of Portuguese stereotypes

  • Often confused with Spaniards and thus a lot of the Spanish stereotypes will also be applied to them. Their reaction is almost always one.
  • Portuguese are generally known as explorers, thanks to Vasco da Gama, Henry the Navigator, Bartolomeu Dias, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Fernão de Magalhães, among others.
  • References to their wine (“porto”), Fado music or sardines are also typical, as are their beaches.
  • Portugal suffered under a dictatorship from 1932 to 1974. The conservative regime of Presidents Salazar and Caetano held back many technical and modern innovations that other European countries did adapt. By the time the country became a democracy again it had so many technical stuff to catch up with that for a long time it caused the Portuguese to be viewed as primitive and hopelessly stuck in dated traditions.
  • Brazilian people seem to think that the Portuguese are dumb.
  • Portuguese women have mustache
  • More rarely, Portuguese people are considered more taciturn and fatalistic than other southern European populations, probably because of Fado music (fado means “fate”), mentioned above.
  • People from Alentejo (one of the most rural and underdeveloped regions in the country) live life at a snail’s pace, are lazy and mostly old. They’re probably communists too.
  • A Venezuelan stereotypical depiction of Portuguese people is that they are all industrious people who run small businesses, usually Mom & Dad stores and bakeries, and every food store in the country is managed by them (in real life, most of the food distribution chain is indeed managed by people of Portuguese descent).
  • Fado music is their invention, and it is a delicate and rich music. Cristina Branco is absolutely beautiful and marvelous with her Fado singing and expression. She’s a beautiful and elegant Portuguese woman too, which is a typical thing. Women are particularly elegant there.
  • Apart from Fado music, the Portuguese are not the best singers around. They’re quite good at poetry, though (shown in an Astérix book, where a Lusitanian slave is asked to sing, to which he replies that he can’t sing, but he can recite poetry.
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27 Responses to "Portuguese Stereotypes"

  1. Letícia Marta says:

    Bartolomeu Dias * (Bartolomeo and Diaz is Spanish… 🙂

    1. Maria Helena says:

      No, he’s Portuguese

      1. Alexandre says:

        What Letíca means is that “Bartolomeo Diaz” is spanish language.
        Bartolomeu Dias is portuguese, yes… but he wrote the spanish name!

        And yes, first stereotype is correct: “Often confused with Spaniards and thus a lot of the Spanish stereotypes will also be applied to them. Their reaction is almost always one.” 😉

      2. Letícia Marta says:

        I know he is, i’m just correcting the spelling of his name. It’s Bartolomeu Dias and not Bartolomeo Diaz. I am portuguese, you misunderstood me.

      3. Albert Ramirez says:

        hes Chinese you fat bitch

  2. João perreira says:

    Wtf … My man … Wt do u know about portugal … U fuckin piece of shit … Go fuck ur women stinky pussy !!

    1. Alexandre says:

      Don’t pay attention to “João Perreira”, he is just being a stupid nationalist with no sense of humor.

      I am portuguese and proud of it, and agree with most (if not all!) the stereotypes.

      Just keep in mind that these are just stereotypes, some of them pretty far from the truth!

      Portuguese women are beautiful and DO NOT have moustache… most of them, anyway… 😉

      1. yourfriendpenis says:

        all women have moustache originally, but less than man

  3. Olá Letícia! Essa do Bartolomeu Dias de ser espanhol, não correio la muito bem!

    1. bob says:

      ca burro

  4. Letícia Marta says:

    Alex Gomes Pereira não percebeste de todo o que eu quis dizer. Eu, obviamente, sei que o Bartolomeu Dias é português. O que eu quis dizer foi que o autor deste artigo escreveu o seu nome MAL. Escreveu Bartolomeo Diaz, e está errado, pois isso seria a forma espanhola de escrever o nome.

  5. Letícia Marta says:

    Pois Diaz não é a forma portuguesa de escrever esse apelido e sim Dias. Assim como Bartolomeu é a forma portuguesa e não Bartolomeo.

  6. Letícia Marta Epa! aí pesso-te desculpas! Não imaginas como fiquei em estado de chocque! hi hi

  7. Obrigado pela observação Letícia 🙂 Troquei também todos os outros nomes portugueses que foram traduzidos, como por exemplo o nome do "Ferdinand Magellan" por "Fernão de Magalhães" , afinal, eles que aprendam a dizer nossos nomes portugueses :p

  8. Letícia Marta says:

    Marcus Pessoa Exacto 😉

  9. Tiago Miranda says:

    I can't believe the last picture is actually on my home city. Sheesh. 😐

  10. Bozzy Lewis says:

    I never heard anything so ridiculous ! First off, the author of this piece of trash has got to be some ignorant, right-wing , Tea-Party A-hole and Republican pea-brain that thinks when he goes abroad to a foreign country….everyone must speak perfect English, or they are dumb ! What a moron ! First off, English is not the only language in the world….and you are in their country ! This is same mentality that thinks gay people are "gay" just to irritate and annoy them and the people of the world must live by their rules. A total mindless (and dangerous) dreg ! Portugal is a beautiful country, full of old world charm and rich history ! I am not Portuguese, and can recognize this. The people are warm and friendly and have a rich navigational history and legacy that spanned the globe. The former Portuguese empire and navy was very formidable….they settled Brazil in South America in the early 1500's and were also in Africa in Angloa and Mozambique and in Goa in Portuguese India. Do some research idiot….you make yourself look venom-filled, dumb and clueless when you make such blatantly hate-filled and incorrect statements !

  11. Jorge says:

    Hi everyone.

    I am a son of Portuguese parents, but very, very proud of my heritage.

    Last year I finally took a holiday in Portugal. It was a homecoming. As the plane was landing I felt so proud. Walking through the streets in Lisbon I felt like I was home, like that was where I truly belonged – my soul was in total peace. I honestly believe in cellular memory. The mind, body and soul somehow knows, remembers, your place of origin.

    I felt so proud to be among ‘my people’, my ethnic roots. It almost felt like everything there was familiar to me – the experience did not feel new or strange to me. I was home.

    Anyway, I was more than impressed as I visited different places in Portugal. The beautiful architecture blew me away! And of course the people were incredibly friendly and helpful. The Portuguese people were very hospitable and polite was evident everywhere I went. So this particular positive Portuguese stereotype is 100% true. The food, music, architecture are simply amazing! I cried when I heard some fado songs, that’s how enchanting that music is. Basically, there were good vibes everywhere.

    A lot of people have no idea about the very rich Portuguese history. Often as I was walking along a sidewalk I would think about how the Portuguese explorers braved the menacing seas and ended up mapping the world – or at least a very large part of it. And as a result of those explorations the Portuguese language is the 5th or 6th most spoken language in the world today, spoken by 260 million people, on 5 continents. I am proud of the fact that I have a strong command of the Portuguese language – it made me feel that much more at home while in Portugal. I loved speaking with as many of the locals as I could.

    For me, visiting Portugal was, in many ways, a spiritual experience. It changed me somehow, and it is as though I feel a lot more at peace with myself. This experience allowed me to connect with my soul in ways that would have never been possible anywhere else but in Portugal.

  12. ana says:


    I am Portuguese and very, very proud of my heritage.

    Hi Jorge, I strongly agree with how you feel. Are you from Toronto?

    When I arrive in Portugal, Lisbon or the Islands, I too feel like I’m home, this is me, this is where I belong and I feel happiness and sadness too… having missed being part of this amazing place.

  13. Maria says:

    I am Portuguese, girl, blonde, small, and skinny.
    I don’t like Fado, i dont like sardines, i dont like footbal (i dont care about Ronaldo, Eusebio or whatever, that means nothing), i am quiet, nice to people and very much on my own.
    I hate heat, loudness, crowded places, gossip. I dont like shopping (only like to buy local handicraft) I think is more important to preserve pine and olive trees against the eucaliptus invasive plague, to fight corruption and unemployement, than to brag about the Discoveries. They were technically important, but thats it. They are past, they are gone. Lets look forward.
    My favourite sport is hiking, skiing, mountaineering and similar.
    I don’t like summer, dont like to go to the beach on summer, i dont like esplanadas.
    I like forests, countryside, calm, interested in european and other traditions. I like to read, practice sports, i like classical music and some alternative experimental music.
    I feel very active and energic in cold or even snowy places. I feel bothered and tired in hot environments. I think Lisbon and Porto suburbs lack space and nature to enjoy. My goal is to improve my skills and knowledge and achieve a good balance between work and leisure, culture and enjoying the green outdoors. somehow i am not very “typical” so to say, and usually people tell me i am weird. Just because i dont fit the “stereotype”….

    1. linda says:

      if weird=individual it’s a great place to be. Parabens.

  14. Portuguese wine and Porto wine are different things.
    Porto wine, commonly known as Port, is a specific drink, a fortified wine, whilst Portuguese wine is self-explanatory: wine made in Portugal.

  15. Fado doesn’t means fate. It’s just a name.

  16. what does naya rivera doing in the first picture?

  17. It does mean fate. The word fado is a synonym of destino. Destino in english is fate.

  18. Fernando says:

    From what i have observes over a 50 year lifespan is that the Portugee are the BIGGEST anti-Spanish racists on the planet! Heck, they are the BIGGEST racists i have ever seen actually, and very Ignorant too; it’s as if they specialize in that for some reason like an artist specializes in brush strokes jajajaja.

    They have Z-E-R-0 European and World Cups that makes them cry every night before they go to bed, they are EXTREMELY jealous of Spain and they WISH they never had ever gotten into bed with the British!! Ohhh did i mention that Spain has WON 3 European Cups (2 back-to-back) and 1 World Cup jejejeje….Portuputas? A Whopping Z-E-R-0 Cups…ohhh i said that already…….

    Portugal = Garbage man 🙂

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