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Portugal Famous Natives

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Portugal's Information

Area 92,090 km2 (#109)
Population 10,221,415 (#82)
Population Density 95 people/km2
GDP PPP $328.25 Billion
GDP Per Capita $31,965
Currency Euro (EUR)
Government Type Semi-presidential Republic
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A - B

  • Nadir Afonso, abstract artist, famous for his involvement in kinetic art
  • Zeca Afonso, musician famous for folk songs that spoke out against the Salazar regime
  • Joaquim Agostinho, cyclist who was the Portuguese champion six times in a row
  • Afonso de Albuquerque, famous for expanding the Portuguese spice trade
  • Alvaro Vaz de Almada, knight and nobleman
  • Joaquim de Almeida, actor famous for films such as the Soldier and Desperado
  • Diogo de Freitas do Amaral, former interim prime minister, 1980s
  • Antonio Lobo Antunes, physician and author
  • Jose Azevedo, road racing cyclist
  • Joao de Barros, historian who wrote Decades of Asia
  • Ruy Belo, existentialist poet and essayist
  • Jose Manuel Barroso, former prime minister, 2000s
  • Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage, poet in neo-classic movement
  • Joao Domingos Bomtempo, classical pianist and composer
  • Fiama Hasse Pais Brandao, poet, dramatist, translator, essayist
  • Raul Germano Brandão, author and journalist known for lyrical style


  • Pedro Alvares Cabral, navigator and explorer who discovered Brazil
  • Marcelo Caetano former prime minister, 1960s-1970s
  • Jose Antonio Camões, poet and historian in the late 1700s and early 1800s
  • Luis Vaz de Camões, considered to be the greatest Portuguese poet of all time
  • Bento de Jesus Caraca mathematician, economist
  • Amadeo de Souza-Cardosa, artist known for his vivid modern style
  • Carlos do Carm, fado singer best known for the Lisbon Song
  • Diogo Cão, explorer active in the Age of Discovery
  • Natália Correira, social activist known for her defense of human and women’s rights
  • Afonso Costa, politician who was head of the Portuguese Republic Party
  • Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho aviation pioneer, first to cross South Atlantic Ocean by air
  • Alvaro Cunhal, politician famous for opposing the Estado Novo government

D - E

  • Antonio Damasio, researcher, author, neuroscientist
  • Joao de Deus, poet active in the 1800s
  • Denis of Portugal (Farmer King), former king
  • Bartolomeu Dias, famous for being the first European to sail around the tip of Africa
  • Pedro de Escobar, Renaissance composer
  • Florbela Espanca, feminist poet active in the early 1900s

F - H

  • Antonio Ferreira, classical poet
  • Jose Gomes Ferreira, poet and author famous for speaking out against the Salazar regime
  • Ana Free, singer, songwriter who gained fame on YouTube
  • Eduardo Gageiro, photojournalist considered to be the best from Portugal
  • Vasco da Gama, explorer, governor of Portuguese India
  • Pedro Correia Garcao, lyric poet
  • Almeida Garrett, poet, playwright and politician
  • Sérgio Godinho, composer, singer who has influence on popular music
  • Bento de Gois, explorer, first European to travel overland from India to China
  • Damiao de Gois, humanist philosopher from the 1500s
  • Soeiro Pereira Gomes, author, leader neo-realist movement
  • Vasco Goncalves, former prime minister, 1970s
  • António Guterres, former prime minister, 1990s-2000s
  • Herberto Helder, poet
  • Alexandre Herculano, author and historian
  • Alberto Joao Jardim president regional government of Madeira
  • Maria Joao, jazz singer
  • Alfredo Keil, composer who wrote Portuguese national anthem
  • Mario Laginha, pianist and composer
  • Duarte Lobo, composer from the Renaissance and early Baroque period
  • Carlos Lopes, long-distance athlete, Olympic medalist
  • Fernão Lopes, chronicler
  • Nuno Lopes, actor and winner of Golden Globe awards
  • Pedro Santana Lopes, former prime minister, 2000s
  • Fernando Lopes-Graca, composer, conductor
  • Ferdinand Magellan, led first circumnavigation of earth
  • José Malhoa, artist famous for naturalist style
  • Marco Martins, film director best known for the film Alice
  • Maria de Medeiros, actress best known for role in Pulp Fiction
  • Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born singer and actress known for famous “fruit hat”
  • Antonio Egas Moniz neurologist, developer of cerebral angiography, Nobel laureate
  • Tiago Monteiro automobile racer
  • Rosa Mota marathon runner, Olympic medalist
  • Jose Vianna da Motta pianist, composer
  • Ana Moura singer
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura architect
  • David Mourao-Ferreira poet
  • Jose de Almada Negreiros artist
  • Joao da Nova explorer, discovered Ascension and Saint Helena Islands
  • Pedro Nunes mathematician, cosmographer
  • Vasco Nunes cinematographer, producer, film director
  • Adriano Correia de Oliveira singer
  • Manoel de Oliveira film director
  • Alexandre O'Neill poet
  • Garcia de Orta tropical medicine pioneer, naturalist
  • Luiz Pacheco author, publisher, literary critic
  • Jorge Palma singer, songwriter
  • Carlos Paredes guitar player
  • Duarte Pacheco Pereira sea captain, explorer, cartographer
  • Bartolomeu Perestrello explorer, navigator
  • Fernando Pessa journalist, reporter
  • Camilo Pessanha symbolist poet
  • Fernando Pessoa poet, author, translator
  • Rui de Pina chronicler
  • Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro artist
  • Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro artist, caricaturist
  • Manuel Pinho politician, economist
  • Carlos Alberto da Mota Pinto former prime minister
  • Fernao Mendes Pinto explorer, author
  • Jose Cardosa Pires author, satirist
  • Maria Joao Pires pianist
  • Dulce Pontes singer, songwriter

Q - S

  • Eca de Queiroz, author known for his realist style
  • Antero de Quental poet, philosopher
  • Antonio Soares dos Reis sculptor
  • Antonio Lopes Ribeiro film director
  • Aquilino Gomes Ribeiro author, diplomat
  • Fernanda Ribeiro long-distance runner, Olympic medalist
  • Orlando Ribeiro geographer, historian
  • Amalia Rodrigues, singer known for populating fado singing, actress
  • Francisco de Carneiro, former prime minister, 1980s
  • Mario de Sa-Carneiro, poet
  • Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, former prime minister, 1930s-1960s
  • Jorge Sampaio, former president, 1990s-2000s
  • Ary dos Santos, 20th century poet
  • Jose Hermano Saraiva historian, jurist
  • Jose Saramago, poet, playwright, author, Nobel laureate
  • Carlos Seixas, composer
  • Antonio Sergio, philosopher, journalist, sociologist
  • Agostinho da Silva, philosopher, essayist, author
  • Antonio da Silva, actor
  • Manuel Pereira da Silva, sculptor
  • Anibal Cavaco Silva, president, 2000s-2010s
  • Mario Soares, former prime minister, former president, 1970s, 1980s
  • Jose Socrates, former prime minister, 2000s-2010s
  • Jeronimo de Sousa, politician
  • Isabel Soveral, composer
  • Guilhermina Suggia, cellist

T - Z

  • Sara Tavares, singer, composer, musician
  • Tomas Taveira, architect
  • Pedro Teixeira, explorer, first European to travel length of Amazon River
  • Luisa Todi, mezzo-soprano opera singer
  • Miguel Torga, 20th century poet
  • Antonio Variacoes, singer, songwriter
  • Mario Cesariny de Vasconcelos, surrealist poet
  • Cesario Verde, poet widely taught in Portuguese schools
  • Gil Vicente, playwright, poet
  • Alvaro Siza Vieira, architect
  • Joao Goncalves Zarco, explorer, first captain of Funchal
  • Gomes Eanes de Zurara, chronicler

This page was last updated on July 10, 2018.

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