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Portugal - national anthem

  • The national anthem of Portugal is titled "A Portuguesa", which translates to "The Portuguese Song" in English.

  • The anthem was officially adopted on July 19, 1911, following the Republican Revolution of 1910 that overthrew the monarchy.

  • The music was composed by Alfredo Keil and the lyrics were written by Henrique Lopes de Mendonça.

  • The anthem was initially a patriotic song provoked by the 1890 British Ultimatum demanding Portugal to abandon its colonial territories in Africa. The strong nationalistic sentiments of the song resonated with the public, leading to its adoption as the national anthem.

  • The lyrics of "A Portuguesa" speak of the love for the homeland, the history of the nation, and the desire for national sovereignty.

  • The anthem is traditionally played at official state functions, during national holidays, and at international events where Portugal is represented.

The lyrics translated into English:

Heroes of the sea, noble people,

Brave, immortal nation,

Raise once again today

The splendor of Portugal!

Among the mist of memory,

Oh Fatherland, one feels the voice

Of your distinguished forefathers,

That shall lead you on to victory!


To arms, to arms!

Over land, over sea,

To arms, to arms!

For the Fatherland, fight!

Against the cannons, march on, march on!


Hoist the undefeated flag,

In the lively light of your sky!

May Europe cry out to the whole Earth:

Portugal has not perished

Kiss your merry ground

The ocean, roaring with love,

And your victorious arm

Gave new worlds to the world!



Salute the Sun that rises

Over a gleeful future;

Let the echo of an offense

Be the sign for a comeback.

Rays of this strong dawn

Are like a mother's kisses,

That keep us, sustain us,

Against the injuries of fate.


Original lyrics:

Heróis do mar, nobre povo,

Nação valente, imortal,

Levantai hoje de novo

O esplendor de Portugal!

Entre as brumas da memória,

Ó Pátria, sente-se a voz

Dos teus egrégios avós,

Que há-de guiar-te à vitória!


Às armas, às armas!

Sobre a terra, sobre o mar,

Às armas, às armas!

Pela Pátria lutar!

Contra os canhões, marchar, marchar!


Desfralda a invicta Bandeira,

À luz viva do teu céu!

Brade a Europa à terra inteira:

Portugal não pereceu

Beija o solo teu jucundo

O Oceano, a rugir d'amor,

E teu braço vencedor

Deu mundos novos ao Mundo!



Saudai o Sol que desponta

Sobre um ridente porvir;

Seja o eco de uma afronta

O sinal do ressurgir.

Raios dessa aurora forte

São como beijos de mãe,

Que nos guardam, nos sustêm,

Contra as injúrias da sorte.



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