OVERVIEW Portugal is bordered by Spain to the east and the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the south. Portugal's total area measures 92,080 sq km (35,552 sq miles), including the Azores and Madeira; it has a 1,793-km (1,114-mile) coastline. The mission of the Portuguese armed forces is to provide internal security and contribute a small force to NATO operations for the protection of its autonomous territories, the Azores islands (1,242 miles west of the mainland and NATO's...
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