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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Portalegre is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 447.1 square kilometers and a total population of 24,756 inhabitants.The municipality is composed of 10 parishes, and is located in the district of Portalegre. The present Mayor is José Mata Caceres, elected by the Social Democratic Party.Its name comes from the Latin Portus Alacer meaning dry port.
In 2001 census the city of Portalegre had 15,768 inhabitants in 2 its two parishes, these 2 parishes plus the 8 rural parishes had a total of 25,608 inhabitants. Portalegre was founded in the reign of Afonso III, in 1259. It was to be given to his bastard son D. Afonso Sanches.In D. Diniz reign, by a foral of November 18, 1299, it was determined that Portalegre would be donated to the king himself and later to his first born and heir. Portalegre was elevated to the status of city on May 23, 1550, by D. Joao III. At this time, the city was regarded as an important administrative and economic centre. In the 15th century, it was already recognized for its cloth manufacturing. The importance of Portalegre would come to be recognized in 1859, when it became capital of the district of Portalegre.

Portalegre is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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