23 Mar 2008

Lisbon Safest City in Europe

Lisbon: Europe's Safest City (again)

While greater coverage of crime in the mainstream Portuguese media appears to have generated a growing sense of insecurity among the locals, a study conducted by a consortium -- including Gallup, EU and the UN's UNICRI agencies -- has found that Lisbon is the safest [large] city in the European Union.

As opposed to accessing police crime registries, researchers interviewed thousands of inhabitants (between 1,200 and 5,000) in 18 countries to assess their own personal experiences with crime.

The "European Crime and Safety Survey" said the Portuguese capital was the safest, with only one in ten saying they had ever been affected by crime.

At the opposite end of the scale, the report, published earlier this week, unveils London as the most dangerous capital in which to live. London topped the crime league table, with 30 percent of the British capital’s residents saying they had been the victim of theft or burglaries.

Besides London, other crime hotspots identified by researchers were the Irish Republic, Estonia, Netherlands and Denmark, where “insecurity” rates were all at least 30 percent above the European average.

Source: www.the-news.net

22 Mar 2008

Flamenco 2008 - Lisbon Festival

From March 25th till May 19th, Lisbon receives the Flamenco 2008 - Festival in Lisbon, an event that seeks to give the public a broader perspective of this dance and musical genre, which has its roots in Spain. In addition to these concerts there are exhibitions, films, lectures and workshops. For the first time the city is the scene of an event where the Flamenco, which has won many fans, is the main star.

Walk around on Sundays in Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço since it was the residence of the Portuguese Kings for almost two centuries, is one of the most emblematic squares in Lisbon. Facing River Tagus on the south and Arco da Rua Augusta on the north side, it was the stage for several events of the 20th century Portuguese history, like the assassination of King D. Carlos and his son in 1908, ending the Monarchy two years later, or the Carnation Revolution of April 25th, 1974, that led Portugal to a democracy after forty years of an authoritarian dictatorship.
On Sundays, Praça do Comércio is closed for car traffic, from 10 am till 5 pm.
In this space are installed terraces, kiosks and a variety of entertainment, exhibitions, books, music, film and sport promoted by the City of Lisbon, turning this place into an area of culture and leisure.