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Portugal Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Portugal public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of December 2017, and covering calendar year 2019 Portugal public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Portugal public holidays news and updates.

2017 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Dec
  • 15
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  • Portugal Public Holiday December 26

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The government of Portugal, in a decree signed by the Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Prime Minister, António Costa, has declared a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
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  • May
  • 1
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  • Portugal Papal Public Holiday May 12

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The government of Portugal has declared a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Friday, May 12, 2017, to coincide with the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Portugal.
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  • Jan
  • 19
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  • Portugal Carnival Public Holiday Rejected

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - Portugal's leading coalition partner Socialists have formally announced that they were against their coalition partner's, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, thus killing the initiative.
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  • Jan
  • 12
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  • Portugal To Vote On Carnival Public Holiday

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - Portugal's National Assembly has decided to put to a vote, on January 18, 2017, the Greens' proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal.
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  • Jan
  • 2
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  • Portugal To Examine Carnival Public Holiday

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - On January 11, Portugal's National Assembly will examine a proposal by governing coalition partner, the Greens, to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal.
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2016

  • Mar
  • 19
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Officially Restored

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - The President of Portugal has promulgated the recent decree restoring the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal ("Corpo de Deus, 5 de outubro, 1 de novembro e 1 de dezembro") which had been canceled as part of the 2011 austerity package.
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  • Jan
  • 8
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  • Portugal Restores 4 Public Holidays

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - Earlier today, Portugal's new Socialist government obtained the Parliamentary approval needed to enact the bill to restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal, Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st), that were canceled as part of the 2011 austerity measures, with immediate effect.
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  • Jan
  • 3
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Update

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - The secretary general of Portugal's UGT labour union, Carlos Silva, has announced that his union would accept a delay in the restoration of the 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (Corpus Christi and All Saints Day), which were canceled 4 years ago, due to the need to re-negotiate these 2 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal with the Vatican.
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2015

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Vote January 8

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - The bill which aims to restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays of Portugal that were canceled as part of the current austerity measures ("Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados"), and has the support of the new left-wing governing coalition in Portugal, will be debated in Portugal's Parliament on January 8, 2016.
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  • Nov
  • 11
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  • Portugal Could Restore 4 Public Holidays Before 2018

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - Following last night's forced resignation of Portugal's center-right government, the likelihood that the recent project to restore the 4 public holidays canceled 3 years ago, before 2018, the "Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados" will be approved has increased dramatically.
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  • Oct
  • 12
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  • Portugal December 1 Public Holiday Petition

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - A former leader of Portugal's People's Party, José Ribeiro e Castro, has delivered a petition to Portugal's Parliament which once again requests the reversal of the 2012 law which abrogated 4 of Portugal's annual non-working public holidays.
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2014

  • Dec
  • 5
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  • Portugal 2014 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Government of Portugal has announced the traditional year-end non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) in Portugal as Wednesday, December 24, 2014, and one day to choose among December 26, 31 or January 2, 2015.
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2013

  • Dec
  • 4
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  • Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays

    Assembleia da República (Lisboa) - The leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament has introduced a bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays, whose cancellation was recently ruled constitutional.
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  • Nov
  • 28
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  • Portugal 2013 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Government of Portugal has announced the traditional year-end non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto) in Portugal as Tuesday, December 24, 2013, and the afternoon of Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
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  • Sep
  • 27
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Changes Ruled Constitutional

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - More than a year after the Portuguese Government's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays took effect, Portugal's constitutional court (Tribunal Constitucional) has ruled that the reduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal was constitutional.
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2012

  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Portugal 2012 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Government of Portugal has announced that Monday, December 24, and Monday, December 31, had been declared as one-off non-working public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto).
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  • Aug
  • 1
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Changes Take Effect

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Portuguese Government's amendments to the Labour Code to increase competitivity, in part by cancelling 4 annual non-working public holidays, takes effect today.
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  • May
  • 9
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Reduction Finalized

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The final block of the Portuguese Government's plan to reduce the number of annual public holidays has come into place as an agreement between the Portuguese government and the Vatican was finally reached today on the selection of the 2 religious public holidays to be dropped from the list of Portugal's annual non-working public holidays.
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  • Mar
  • 12
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  • Portugal Religious Public Holidays Update

    Económico (Lisboa) - Within a couple of days, the Portuguese Episcopal Conference and the Vatican have made separate proposals to amend the Portuguese Government's current plans to cancel 2 religious annual non-working public holidays in Portugal.
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  • Feb
  • 26
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  • Portugal Carnival Public Holiday 2013

    Agência Efe (Lisboa) - Portugal's Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Miguel Relvas, has announced that, in 2013, there would be no tolerância de ponto for public sector employees to take a non-working public holiday for the optional but widespread Shrove Tuesday Carnival.
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  • Jan
  • 18
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Cancellation Update

    Agência Efe (Lisboa) - The Portuguese government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has secured an agreement from unions and employers on its planned cancellation of 4 annual non-working Portuguese public holidays.
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2011

  • Dec
  • 19
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  • Portugal Considering Regional Public Holiday

    Agência Efe (Lisboa) - The Representative of the Portuguese Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Ireneu Barreto, has announced plans to declare August 15 an annual regional public holiday, should the national government proceed with its plan to cancel the August 15 public holiday at the national level.
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  • Dec
  • 1
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Revision Update 2

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Portuguese Government has finally announced the list of annual public holidays that it plans to cancel as part of the current austerity plan.
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  • Nov
  • 14
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  • Portugal Public Holidays Revision Update

    Agência Efe (Lisboa) - A spokesperson for the Portuguese Episcopal Conference, padre Manuel Morujão, has announced that, as part of the upcoming public holidays revision, the Portuguese Catholic Church was considering the cancellation of the, August 15, Assumption Day, religious non-working public holiday.
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  • Oct
  • 15
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  • Portugal Mid-Week Public Holiday Update

    iOnline (Lisbon) - As part of its most recent package of austerity measures, the Portuguese Government is once again considering moving public holidays that fall in the middle of the week to adjoin a weekend.
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  • Jul
  • 3
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  • Portugal Considering Public Holidays Revision

    Expresso (Lisboa) - As part of the current austerity measures, the Government of Portugal is considering changing the way bank holidays and public holidays are taken, in order to boost productivity.
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  • Mar
  • 1
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  • Portugal Declares March 8 Public Sector Holiday

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Prime Minister of Portugal, José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa, has published the Despacho n.º 3779/2011 declaring Tuesday, March 8, 2011, as a one-off public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto).
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2010

  • Dec
  • 22
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  • Portugal Declares 2 Year-End Public Sector Holidays

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Prime Minister of Portugal, José Sócrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa, has published a decree declaring Friday, December 24, 2010, and Friday, December 31, 2010, as public sector holidays (tolerância de ponto).
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  • Dec
  • 6
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  • Portugal Announces 2011 Public Holidays

    Jornal de Notícias (Lisbon) - The government of Portugal has officially gazetted the public holidays in Portugal for the calendar year 2011.
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  • Nov
  • 11
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  • Portugal Declares November 19 NATO Public Holiday

    Governo de Portugal (Lisboa) - The Council of Ministers of Portugal, at the recommendation of the Minister of Public Service, Rui Pereira, has declared Friday, November 19, 2010, as a one-off public holiday (tolerância de ponto) on account of the upcoming NATO Summit.
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  • Jul
  • 23
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  • Portugal Set To Reject Public Holidays Amendments

    Expresso (Lisboa) - Portugal's parliament is set to reject, in its third reading, a draft bill that would have removed some public holidays while moving the date of some other public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend.
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  • May
  • 23
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  • Portugal Socialists Want To Eliminate 4 Public Holidays

    Jornal de Negócios (Lisbon) - A draft bill had been introduced in the National Assembly by Socialist deputies, Teresa Sales and Maria do Rosário Carneiro, which would cancel 4 annual public holidays.
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  • Apr
  • 15
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  • Portugal Announces Papal Public Holidays In May

    Económico (Lisboa) - The government of Portugal has finally decided to declare a national public sector holiday (tolerância de ponto) on Thursday, May 13, 2010, to coincide with the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Portugal.
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2009

  • Dec
  • 26
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  • Portugal's December 1st Public Holiday Under Fire

    Correio da Manhã (Lisbon) - The Vice-President of Portugal's employers' association (Associação Empresarial de Portugal or AEP) has called on the government of Portugal to cancel the December 1st annual public holiday.
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2007

  • Feb
  • 7
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  • Portugal Public Holidays News Update

    Rádio Lumena - Municipal and regional civil servants in the Azores will get a tolerância de ponto on the occasion of the Carnival public holiday (Tuesday February 20), allowing them to be on holidays from February 17-21, inclusively.
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  • Jan
  • 30
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  • Portugal Public Holidays News Update

    Jornal de Notícias - Portugal prepares to hold a referendum on easing its abortion law on 11 February.
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2006

  • Dec
  • 18
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  • Portugal Public Holidays News Update

    Económico (Lisboa) - A metro strike is scheduled to take place in Lisbon, from 0630 to 1200, on December 19, 2006. Alternative bus service will be provided during the hours of the strike. Additional work stoppages are scheduled to take place on 9 and 11 January 2007.
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2002

  • Sep
  • 16
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  • Portugal Considering Moving Religious Public Holidays

    Associated Press (Lisbon) - The Labor Ministry of Portugal has announced that it plans to introduce changes to the Labor Law which would shift almost all of Portugal's official public holidays to Fridays or Mondays.
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See also: Portugal bank holidays and public holidays for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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