In the world linguistic panorama, the Portuguese language has a privileged position, either because of the high number of native speakers or because it is the official language in nine countries and an administrative region spread across all continents.
The growing demographic and economic strength of the countries that make up the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) and the fact that Portuguese is the official language of these States have given this language, originating in a small country, a unique position among the ten world languages. more important. In this way, a common heritage was built, belonging entirely to all its speakers, which can bring advantages to all, both in bilateral relations and on the world stage.
The Portuguese-speaking community has one of the largest demographic projections until the end of the present century and holds the largest amounts of natural resources in the world in relation to the population. From offshore platforms, to arable land, through freshwater reserves and mineral and energy resources, the CPLP countries are among the most favored in the world. In geostrategic terms, the native Portuguese-speaking countries are present on four continents and are a decisive linguistic community in two of them, America and Africa, which allows us to weave a network of influence and diplomacy of significant reach.
Professor Luís Reto
Professor Luísa Godinho
Department of International Relations