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Amadora (PT)

Total population: 175.000

Region profile

Amadora is one of the largest cities in Portugal by population (despite the geographic area being only 23.8 km2 it has a population of 175.558 inhabitants according to the preliminary results of the Census of 2011, which reflects its high population density). It forms a conurbation with the Portuguese capital Lisbon, and both cities share the same subway, bus and train network. It is also a major residential suburb of the capital, and the landscape is mainly defined by large apartment blocks and some industry. Accessibility and proximity to Lisbon are pull factors, which have contributed to the great social and cultural diversity that characterises the Municipality of Amadora.

According to the "Social Diagnosis 2011 Amadora", elaborated by the Social Network of Amadora “the demographic context of the Municipality reflects, in the last years, the loss of resident population and its gradual aging, due to the combination of socio-economic factors”. Also according to this document, 19% of the population are aged over 65 years, and 42% of these over 75; in parallel the representativeness of young population is around 15%.

Amadora has a set of properties with historical, cultural, architectural and urban value, in line with the municipal interest.
Aware of its importance, Amadora City Council has been ensuring the management and conservation of such heritage by safeguarding and preserving the memory and history of their area and inhabitants. For this purpose, the municipality is undertaking the process of classification of municipal properties considered of interest, based on the patrimonial, historical-cultural and urban value of the buildings.

Some of the monuments and buildings of public interest are: Aqueduto geral das Águas Livres, Necrópole de Carenque; Casa Roque Gameiro, Vila Romana da Quinta da Bolacha, Casa Aprígio Gomes, Recreios da Amadora, Parque Delfim Guimarães.

Regarding the economic and social situation, the number of unemployeds registered in the Job Centres has increased. The implementation of housing programs has helped to diminish degraded areas, although some are still remaining. They do not allow decent living conditions and enhance the stigmatisation of its inhabitants. These neighborhoods are also associated with drug problems, crime, poor education issues and unemployment or precarious jobs (commonly unskilled and poorly paid).

Health and Social Care in the Region

In recent years the upgrade of health care response has become a major effort, in particular the reorganisation of Health Centres. However, the insufficiency of medical resources is still evident - 42% of the population registered at the primary health care units of the County (National Health Service) do not have a family doctor.

Links

Municipality of Amadora

Portugal Telecom

Irmandade da Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Amadora

Video TV Amadora

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