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Welcome to afpop, the largest Association for foreign residents and property owners in Portugal. Established in 1987 and with over 7,200 current Members, afpop is a non-profit, Public Utility Association, whose aims are to support and keep our Members informed of their rights and obligations and to negotiate financial Benefits with service providers and businesses.
We all need reliable information and the Associations UPDATE magazine is mailed to all Members in Portugal 6 times a year, providing a regular source of information to them. It is also available on-line in the Association’s website. The October 2020 edition is available below here for you to read online.
News From afpop
When the information is urgent, our 'News From afpop' mailings keep you up to date and bring you the facts, not the rumour, about what is happening that affects your life. Never has that been more important perhaps than this year and the testimonials and referrals from our Members regarding the information and support given to them throughout this year’s Coronavirus pandemic, is an indication of their appreciation for the support that they receive from THEIR Association.
“Thank you once again for all the important information.
Let’s hope that many more people will now see the advantages of joining.” Member: C.P.
“Another excellent e-mail, somewhere to read the actual facts, best regards to everyone at afpop.
We feel more secure knowing that if we do have a problem or need an answer to a question you are here for us.” Member: G.W.G
“Thanks to you and your excellent organisation for the efficient and clear way in which you keep us updated.
It is much appreciated.” Member: E. & D.G
The Information Bulletin and Fact Sheet system is a comprehensive source of information on a wide ranging list of subjects, from car importation and setting up a bank account, to Wills, IRS payment & includes sections on motoring, health, property rental and purchasing, inheritance planning & many more. The full list of Bulletins can be seen below.
The Information Bulletins and Fact Sheets are regularly updated and are available free of charge to Members, either on request or by download from the Members area of the afpop website.
Information Bulletins and Factsheets List
CODE afpop Information bulletins
G/01E Domestic Staff
G/06E Gardening Services
G/07E Starting a Business
G/09E Dogs Licence
H/01E Habitation Licence
H/02E Rates Document
H/03E Property Title Deed
H/04E Land Registry Certificate
H/05E Building Contractors
H/08E Property Management
H/09E Buying And Selling
H/11E Monitoring land development
H/12E Condominium Regulations
H/13E Holiday Rental Licence
I/02E House Insurance
I/03E Car Insurance
I/04E Health/Medical Insurance
I/05E Travel Insurance
L/02E Boats & Fishing
L/04E Fresh water fishing
M/01E Permission to Drive
M/02E Car Documents
CODE afpop Information bulletins
M/03E Road/Car Tax
M/04E Importing A Car
M/05E Buying & Selling Cars
M/06E Road-Worthiness Inspection
M/07E Automatic Motorway Tolls
N/01E Pre-Death Planning
N/02E Estate planning
N/07E Death & Burial I
N/08E Death & Burial Part II
P/01E Taxation Card
P/02E Residence – Eu Citizens
P/03E Residencia & Visa – Non Eu
P/04E Driving Licence
P/05E Electors Card
P/06E Birth Certificate
P/07E Leaving Portugal
P/08E Occupation Contract
P/09E Dates for Your Diary
P/10E Documents You Must Carry
P/11E Medical Card
S/01E Schools availability
S/02E Grants & Support
S/03E Learning Portuguese
T/01E Income Tax Return (IRS)
T/02E Property Tax (IMI)
CODE afpop Information bulletins
T/03E Inheritance Tax
T/04E Corporate Income Tax (IRC)
T/05E Property Transfer Tax (IMT)
T/06E Value Added Tax (IVA)
T/07E Capital Gain Tax
U/03E Post Office
Z/01E Political Parties
FS7 Living Wills
FS11 Finanças Direct Debit
FS12 CBD Oil
FS13 Payments by Multibanco
FS14 Reading EDP meters
FS15 Imported Vehicles (IUC)
FS16 UK Driving Licence Exchange
FS17 New Road signs
FS18 Appointments Public Services
FS19 Chave Movél Digital
FS21 ISV Simulator
FS22 Finanças complaint
Over 400 businesses & service providers, saving Members far more than the cost of their annual Membership.
The Directory is available in hard copy and also on the afpop website.
Area Social Events
Our dedicated group of Area Event Organisers are currently unable to arrange the excellent social events for which they are renowned. However, as soon as it is possible for them to do so, they will be back organising events and trips which are enjoyed by many Members across Portugal, helping Members to meet regularly with others and enjoy the friendships that they create.
Driving in Portugal (DiP)
In Association with our Alliance Partners MEDAL Insurance, we produce a booklet which explains the driving and vehicle laws in Portugal. The DiP booklet is free of charge to Members and is available in English and German.
The 2021 DiP booklet will be available in the New Year.
All this for one small annual payment, which amounts to less than the price of a ‘café com leite’ a week.
afpop really is
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THE NEW PORTUGAL NEWS
VISION AND TEAM
The Portugal News 1977 to 2020
We never stop growing, expanding and creating new ways to better serve our readers. In 43 years, we have progressed from reaching a handful of local readers to reaching over 100,000 readers a week through our print edition, website, social media and other channels.The newspaper first appeared in August 1977 produced from a back room and very limited resources. Rapid growth and readership followed quickly. In 1980 The Algarve Magazine was launched alongside the newspaper, the first monthly glossy magazine for the Algarve. In the early 90’s "The Algarve Magazine" was taken out of production and all our recourses turned into expanding the newspaper.
In the early 90’s The Portugal News was the first English language newspaper to launch a website. Very limited compared with what you see today, but it was the foundation of what was to come. From small beginnings into the multi-language site thousands of people enjoy today.
We pride ourselves in being the first publication to launch new initiatives. The first local (Algarve) Portuguese English language newspaper, the first country specific international exhibitions, the first local newspaper website. The Portugal News also owns the International Algarve Fair, the largest expat exhibition held anywhere in Portugal, now in its 15th year and regularly attracting many thousands of visitors.
Edition 120, 8 May 1987
New CEO at The Portugal News
The Portugal News welcomes Richard Clingen to the company as the new CEO
Richard's love of Portugal led to him moving permanently to the Algarve with his new partner to, he thought, retire.
During the lock down period Richard, born and raised in Belfast, volunteered with Algarve Network for Families in Need delivering food to needy families with India Sampson who introduced him to her sister Daisy, Head of Editorial at the Portugal News. This introduction led to him purchasing a majority interest in The Portugal News and taking over day to day management of the company from Paul Luckman.
With a background in music festivals, Richard has been involved with Mean Fiddler Music in the UK, Benicassim in Spain, The Hop Farm in Kent, Forbidden Fruit in Dublin, Laneways in Singapore and Australia and with Red Rooster in the UK. In addition to music, he has been involved in a number of online marketing, media, leisure and property development companies worldwide after finishing a corporate career with Cable and Wireless as Director of Sales for the Caribbean. In Portugal many years ago he worked with Marconi International and Portugal Telecom.
A dynamic and energic character by nature, he is extremely excited to have the opportunity to take The Portugal News to the next phase of its development. He is looking forward to serving the expatriate community, visitors and businesses on the Algarve in particular and Portugal in general with current news and views. Richard said: “In these strange times it is particularly important to have a semblance of normality and to keep our readers informed of developments locally and around the globe”.
Richard will be visiting as many businesses as the situation allows over the coming months.
New CEO Richard Clingen with Publisher Paul Luckman
The beginning of a new era
With effect from this month (October), Richard Clingen has been appointed as the CEO of The Portugal News, he also becomes the majority share holder.
Paul Luckman remains a shareholder and Publisher of the newspaper. Asked for his comment on this major change, Paul was very clear: “I have held the rains for over 40 years and it’s a great pleasure to hand them over to Richard, he will be in the driving seat now but I will still be there bringing the knowledge I have gained over 40 years of doing business in Portugal to support him and the publication.
“The Portugal News is the major and largest readership English language publication in Portugal, a position we fully intend to keep and improve”.
He added: “We face challenging times with a fast changing market, and that brings many challenges”. Richard’s broad business and financial background gives him the drive and knowledge to take up these challenges.
“Richard’s plans for the future of The Portugal News are exciting and far reaching. Expect major expansion, details are to be found throughout this section,” concluded Paul.
The vision of The Portugal News remains the same, to be the leading force in building business in Portugal, the best destination in Europe, if not one of the best in the world as endless independent surveys and reports reveal.
These plans demand a new vision and a team to bring them into reality. Our existing team remains, but new specialists are being recruited to drive the vision. The colloquial phrase “you ain’t seen nothing yet” is used to indicate that however extreme or impressive something may seem; it will be overshadowed by what is to come.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet” seems entirely appropriate of the major expansion of the readership of The Portugal News, in print and online, something that we will be of great benefit to local businesses and the destination itself.
Just like our readers and advertisers, we support Portugal because we believe it is a destination without equal in Europe.
A clear voice for Portugal
The Portugal News has always prided itself on providing high quality, unbiased reporting from Portugal, and this ethos continues today and into the future.
The young and dynamic team of British, German and Portuguese journalists work daily to bring readers the very latest news and features from around the country, with news being updated daily on the website www.theportugalnews.com and weekly in the printed edition.
Although initially established in print, the focus for the future is to be able to reach as many readers as possible across all platforms. The paper continues to be printed weekly and distributed widely for free across the Algarve and is also available all around the rest of Portugal. For those who are looking for their daily dose of news then the website is the best place to read all the very latest news, seven days a week. News from The Portugal News is also available in daily updates across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with new platforms to be launched very soon to ensure that everyone has easy access to our content.
Our news is always apolitical and we strive to bring balanced articles to readers. We write articles with the aim of helping to inform the expat community and foreign visitors about all that is happening in Portugal and with a strong focus on highlighting the positive news taking place in the country.
Not only do we bring news to our readers, there are a number of features, views, opinion and freelance articles to give a broad picture of life in Portugal.
The strong foundation and reputation of the newspaper has been based on the many years of dedicated work by the teams of journalists who have worked together to create The Portugal News and this will continue well into the future as the paper expands and grows.
Serving the community
The Portugal News has always been a part of the local community and the opinions, feedback and interaction with visitors and residents in Portugal continues to be key to the success of the paper.
Our community pages are an important resource for numerous charities, associations and clubs as a means of communicating news and developments taking place across Portugal. If you are part of a club, association, charity or group, then we are always happy to hear from you and to ensure that you receive the exposure that you need to get your message out there. Whether you are a local sports club, are involved in fund raising or are looking for new members, we remain dedicated to sharing this information with the community.
The letters page of the newspaper is also a popular place for readers to share their opinions, not only about articles in the newspaper but also about anything else that may have piqued their interest. Often controversial, but always of interest, our readers letters have long been one of the focal points of the newspaper and this has also grown online. The comments section at the end of each article is often a place for readers to share their views and engage in lively debate about subjects, while our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow readers to share the news directly with their friends and family and to also make their opinions heard.
The Portugal News also continues to get out and about in the community itself, meeting with individuals, businesses and groups, to delve deeper into the people that make up Portugal and to share their stories with readers. This allows us to bring you the stories that you want to read and can relate to while shining a light on unsung heroes and hidden gems of Portugal.
Make your voice heard and share your stories with us at The Portugal News
Your Marketing Department in the Algarve
The Portugal News reaches around 50,000 people on the Algarve at the moment each week through our newspaper and there are plans to increase this to 75,000 people based on a print run of 25,000 and the industry average of 3 people reading each copy.
Whilst the paper currently reaches a small amount of people in Lisbon, the Cascais area and in Porto there are plans to grow in these areas too. We have increased the distribution of the paper and are trialling new delivery methods in certain areas.
Online each month we have approximately 2 million page impressions, 600,000 unique visitors and an average visit time of nearly 6 minutes. Around 30% of the traffic comes from the UK, 25% from Portugal, 20% from North America, 5% Ireland and 4% South Africa with the remaining from other countries. These are people that have a clear interest in Portugal. We have plans to grow the online traffic in a variety of innovative ways, a couple of examples being the site in foreign languages and providing added value content.
Social media is probably a better indication of customer interaction and The Portugal News has around 70,000 Facebook followers. This is a clear area for growth and will take in other platforms such as Instagram and Twitter as we reach new younger viewers.
The Portugal News is taking a unique approach to helping your businesses grow here on the Algarve by producing integrated strategic marketing plans and campaigns with key messages targeted at the audience you wish to attract.
We make the effort to understand your business, what your unique selling points are, what you wish to achieve for your business and then together we set business and financial objectives producing communications plans to achieve the objectives. These communications plans may include media outside of the Portugal News media set or indeed outside of the country as our intention and focus is the growth of your business. As such we truly are an extension of your marketing department.
The Early Adopters, the businesses that can quickly see the value in this approach, the businesses that realise it is the right time to spend on innovative marketing, are seeing good results. We cater for all businesses large and small, so if you would like to grow your business please contact one of our Sales and Marketing Managers.
Growing the market
We here at The Portugal News though are very ambitious. We have plans not just to grow your businesses but we have plans to “grow” the market. This will involve bringing in new people, new businesses, new services and new products and this will help every single business directly or indirectly. Whilst Tourism and Real Estate are the current drivers of industry, here on the Algarve there can be so much more.
These are exciting times and plans so we hope you will support us as after all we are all one here on the Algarve in particular and Portugal in general.
New initiatives for readers and businesses
One of the innovative initiatives The Portugal News has recently introduced online and in the paper are new sections that llow our readers to understand in more detail about businesses here in the Algarve and in Portugal. These businesses are here to serve, so it is important that they can explain their services and products, giving specific information so our readers can make informed choices.
As you are probably aware, online The Portugal News has now launched in German, Dutch, French and Spanish , so it is not just English speaking readers that can find out what is going on in Portugal.
The Portugal News serves all nationalities giving them a unbiased news service, as after all we are all one.
We have a member of staff for each language.
The Portugal News launches in new languages.
The Portugal News will launch online a number of news services for our readers and viewers, the first being a new Property Portal. This service will be free for all real estate agents and will give our viewers the best properties available in the Algarve in particular and Portugal in general. Our online viewers clearly have Portugal close to their hearts, as that is why they visit our site and as regards property who would not want to live in this paradise?
THE PEOPLES PAGE
Here at The Portugal News, charity is close to our hearts so you have probably noticed that we launched the Peoples Page. This page is dedicated to a charity each week and also a sponsor of that charity.
The Portugal News gives 100% of the money received for this page from the sponsor to the Charity. The charity gets to promote what they do to serve the community and asks for volunteers and donations. In these times volunteering is so important to help others even if it is just an hour or two of your time. It is not difficult and the People's Page makes it easy for our readers. The sponsor, for their generous act of contribution has an article about what they do. The Portugal News does not set a specific charge for the page, leaving it up to the sponsor to decide what they want to contribute so this could be anywhere from €1 to €1,000 or even more if the charity has a particularly generous benefactor! The donations of course can be anonymous.
For more information on this page please contact:
Working to serve your business
Over the decades The Portugal News has always been the go to medium for businesses to reach their customers in print. Now we have expanded to online and social media reaching customers not just on the Algarve or Portugal but world wide.
Here are a just a few of our advertisers:
VISION AND TEAM
The team behind the news
The team at The Portugal News continues to work behind the scenes to bring our readers the very best in news from across Portugal. Some members of the newspaper have been with the company for many years, while others have joined the ever expanding team more recently, however they all share the common goal of creating a newspaper that readers want to read each day and every week.
Meet the team:
- Daisy Sampson - Head of Editorial and Production team
- Kim Schiffmann - Journalist writing in English and German
- Paula Martins - Journalist
- Jake Cleaver - Journalist
- Linda Reeve - Head of Production team
- Nuno Bentes - Graphic designer
- Bruno G. Santos - Up and coming journalist
- Samantha Hoather - Accounts and administration
- Nancy Pardon - Sales administration and People's Page
Meet your Sales and Marketing team
The well established sales team works to bring businesses the best marketing solutions for their companies across the Algarve and Portugal by producing bespoke sales and marketing plans, tailored to the specific needs of each individual business.
Meet the team:
- Adrian Wood - Sales and Marketing Manager
- Andy Sykes - Sales and Marketing Manager
- Sónia Seixas - Assistant to CEO
- Madison Marum - Marketing Assistant
- Susan Roberts - Sales and Marketing Manager
- Bella de Rose - Sales and Marketing Manager
Visit us online at www.theportugalnews.com or grab your printed copy to access further information!
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