Nearshore development in Portugal

If you are based in Europe, you should consider having a nearshore development team based in Portugal. Portugal is a great place to establish a nearshore team. It's just one-time zone ahead of all major European countries and in the same time zone as the United Kingdom. It's accessible, meaning you have short and direct flights from all major European cities. This is a must if you expect to visit the nearshore team regularly. It will also reduce your costs if you plan to visit the team on a regular basis or require them to visit you or even your clients.

Portugal is also on the top of the list when technology companies consider having development centers in Europe. Google, Amazon, Mercedes Benz, and many others already have competence centers in Portugal. Some of the main reasons why companies choose to have a nearshore development team in Portugal are:



Recent studies show that Portuguese are among the most proficient English speakers in Europe and the world. We are not the ones saying it, but a study from The Economist supports it.


Cultural background

It may not look to be relevant, but social background differences may play a role in how a development team will perceive and develop your projects. Portugal shares the same cultural background as Europe and North America, meaning it will be easier for you to cooperate with Portuguese developers.


Safe & Friendly

According to the Global Peace Index, Portugal ranks in a fantastic third position as one of the safest and peaceful countries in the world. And besides being safe, it's also friendly and welcoming. According to Expats Insider 2019, "Expats rank Portugal first for feeling at home and third for friendliness. Close to nine in ten (87%) describe the local attitude toward foreign residents as friendly".


Focused on the IT industry

Portugal is playing an essential role in the IT industry: until 2028, Lisbon will hold the Web Summit, considered to be "the largest tech conference in the world". Also, more and more companies are investing in having development teams in Portugal, making it a popular option with high-quality developers.


Well trained

The IT degrees provided by Portuguese universities are among the best ones in the world.



You will get developers that use the same quality and development standards that you are used to in the European markets and also in North America.



The Portuguese market allows us to provide you with competitive development rates. This is especially true if you are looking for a full-time development team allocated to your project or organization.


Nearshore development

Besides all the advantages of choosing Portugal as a nearshore location, you should also have in mind some of the benefits of having a nearshore development team.

It's more cost-effective when compared with your local market. Typically and depending on the kind of contract, it's also more flexible, and without the burden of having to take care of recruitment, managing salaries, social security, insurances, office space, and many other related expenses.

Easy to manage due to the short time zone difference since the nearshore development team is in a nearby country. You will be able to manage and connect directly with the development team during your regular business hours.


Other advantages

We do hope this article helps you understand the advantages of having a nearshore team based in Portugal. Also to consider, besides all the benefits we have already indicated you, Portugal is also a great country visit. You can enjoy its great weather, it's food, it's people, and it's sandy beaches, among many other positive aspects. If our arguments haven't convinced you by now, keep in mind that you will be able to mix business with pleasure when visiting your nearshore team! 😊

About us

We provide Software, Web, and Mobile development solutions for IT, Marketing, and E-commerce teams. Our development team has the necessary skills to design, code, and deploy your projects. We have offices in North America (in Toronto, Canada) and Europe (Lisbon, Portugal).

Our setup

  • Offshore

    If you operate in North America, and you wish to benefit from a flexible, competitive, and scalable development team 100% based in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Hybrid nearshore

    If you operate in North America, and you wish to benefit from a flexible, competitive, and scalable development team with project managers based in Toronto, Canada.

  • Nearshore

    The best setup if you operate in Europe and you wish to benefit from a flexible, competitive, and scalable development team based in Lisbon, Portugal.

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