This post was most recently updated on January 6th, 2023
Portuguese are multi-cultural, multi-ethnical, and multi-racial people. Portuguese people are white, also they are black, and also they are brown.
Usually, Europeans are considered white, and Portugal is in Europe. So, people generally assume Portuguese must be white too. But that’s not the case. Portuguese are mixed raced people.
Let me share a story with you. I was in Cyprus and planning on visiting Portugal for holiday. I have a friend from Portugal and I asked him, “Are Portugal people white”?
He replied, “No, Portuguese people are red, green, and yellow”.
That was a very smart answer. What he meant was, that Portuguese people are multi-racial people. They are not only white, but they are other races too.
Portuguese people who have migrated from Africa are generally black and the handful of migrants from Asia are often East-Asian. Native Portuguese are mainly white but not everyone.
You know Christiano Ronaldo, right? He was born in Madeira, Portugal. Look at the picture below and say what color he is.
He isn’t completely white. He has tanned skin.
Look at the picture of the Prime Minister of Portugal. Does he look white to you? His name is Antonio Costa and he is of Indian descent. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
The following guy is Nuno Mendes. A professional football player born in Sintra, Portugal.
Do you know Salvador Sobral? He is a famous Portuguese singer. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
There is variation in skin tone in Portugal, from very fair to dark olive skin.
People shouldn’t actually worry about the color of their skin, you know. You shouldn’t judge Portuguese people on the basis of their skin tone. Portugal has all tones of skin color. Portuguese people are very friendly people.
If you are planning on visiting Portugal, I am sure you will have a great time here. Cheers!
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