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Professional Portuguese Translation Services

Portuguese is spoken in major world economies such as Brazil and Portugal

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Often referred to as Europe’s gateway to Africa, Portugal sits at the westernmost point in Europe, bordered by Spain to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

Agriculture is one of Portugal’s key export markets, producing and exporting large volumes of crops and livestock including tomatoes, beef and poultry, and it is one of the world’s largest producers of cork, accounting for 50% of the global supply.

Across the Atlantic, the booming, diverse nation of Brazil is home to most of the world’s Portuguese speakers and the world’s twelfth largest economy by GDP. Brazil’s abundance of natural resources has made it a significant player on the global stage in terms of primary products, but it has also developed a sizeable industrial presence in recent years.

Portuguese translators located in-market

ALM’s Portuguese translators are carefully selected for their native language skills and relevant work experience. This means your translator currently works or will have worked in a related industry to yours, allowing us to guarantee a consistently high quality of work from start to finish. Our UK-based account managers are specially trained to ensure rigorous and reliable review of all content pre-delivery so you can be confident that your Portuguese content is publication ready.

Portuguese localisation

ALM’s localisation team are experts at conveying a native voice in your Portuguese content, ensuring it is hyper-relevant for your target market. This is especially important for languages that are spoken across multiple geographical locations or markets, as the culture surrounding the language can vary significantly. There are, for example, key differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese that mean the two variants cannot be used interchangeably across both markets without causing a serious issue. ALM will ensure that the appropriate variant is used in your translation and our expert linguists will be able to advise on cultural suitability as well.

Portuguese language

As a Romance language, Portuguese can be traced back to the Roman colonisation of the Iberian Peninsula in 216 BC, when the colonists brought the Latin language with them. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area saw an influx of speakers of the Germanic family of languages, which, when combined with Latin and Arabic influences, formed what is now referred to as Galician Portuguese. This in turn evolved into the Modern Portuguese we recognise today, characterised by the adoption of classical Greek and Latin vocabulary during the Renaissance.

Where is Portuguese spoken?

Portugal’s colonial history has resulted in Portuguese being the official language of several independent countries and regions around the world, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is ranked sixth among world languages with 232 million native speakers and is also widely spoken or studied as a second language in many other countries.

With 184 million inhabitants in Brazil, constituting about 51% of South America’s population, Portuguese is the most widely spoken language in South America.

Key Portuguese and Brazilian industries

In mainland Portugal, agriculture has long been a key industry due to the region’s favourable climate and rich soil. As a modern economy, however, Portugal is also home to a range of industries including:

Farming & livestock



Mining & precious metals


In Brazil, the country’s industrialisation has seen secondary industries take precedence over traditional primary resources, while the combination of wild rainforest, fascinating cities and sun-drenched beaches contribute to a booming tourism sector. Major sectors in the Brazilian economy include:

Mining of ores and gemstones




Farming & livestock



What documents do we translate into and from Portuguese?

We have the capacity to translate all Portuguese documents including:

Certificates and legal documents

Technical documents and manuals

Advertising collateral

Website and social media content

Are you looking for a high-quality Portuguese translation service? Get in touch with the experts at ALM today.


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