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2022-02-23  |  

[Overview] Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is also the country's political, economic, financial, cultural and technological center. Located at the western end of Europe, about 8 kilometers from the river's entrance into the Atlantic Ocean, the city covers an area of 84.8 square kilometers and has a population of 2.82 million.

[Politics] The governing body of Lisbon is the City Council which consists of 17 members. The city government is headed by the mayor, elected by popular vote from the members of the City Council for a term of four years. The City Assembly is the deliberative body of Lisbon and is responsible for supervising the work of the City Council. The City Assembly is composed of the Bureau, the Secretariat, representatives of political parties, the Standing Committees, and the specialized boards or commissions. The City of Lisbon is composed of four municipalities which are further divided into 53 parishes. The incumbent mayor, Fernando Medina, took office in April 2015.

[Economy] Lisbon is the most developed city in Portugal. The city's pillar industries are service industries, tourism and commerce. It depends heavily on the imports of machinery, vehicles, petroleum and other products. The city's main exports include clothing, leather shoes, corks, wine, etc. Lisbon is a national transportation center and has the largest port in the country. About 60% of the country's cargo is handled here. The city is also home to the headquarters of many Portuguese multinational companies.

[Culture and Education] Lisbon is one of the founding members of the International Association of Educating Cities (IAEC) established in 1990 and is a member of its Executive Committee. In November 2000, Lisbon hosted the 6th International Congress of Educating Cities under the theme of “The city, an educational space in the new millennium”. The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon is the largest cultural center in Portugal and one of the largest foundations in the world. Lisbon often hosts various cultural festivals, film weeks, art exhibitions, concerts, book fairs and other events.

[Relations with Beijing] On October 22, 2007, Beijing and Lisbon officially became sister cities. Since then, they have engaged in cooperation and exchanges in the fields of investment, trade, culture, etc.

Investment and Trade: In March 2013, Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited (BEWG), a subsidiary of Beijing Enterprises Group Company Limited (BG), acquired 100% equity of the Portuguese water utility Compagnie Generale des Eaux owned by the French company Veolia Water, and then established a project management company in Portugal. The company's main business in Portugal is providing tap water and sewage services for approximately 300,000 Portuguese citizens in 20 cities. In December 2018, BEWG, the Lisbon International Centre for Water, and the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering signed a memorandum on strategic cooperation.

Tourism and Culture: Lisbon was among the first cities to join the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) when it was established on the initiative of Beijing in 2012, and has since then had active interactions with Beijing within the WTCF framework. In June 2016, Beijing held the Beijing Night chamber music concert in Lisbon.