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Capital: Lisbon
Area: 92,090 sq km
Comparative area: slightly smaller than Indiana
Population (July 2011 estimate): 10,760,305
Official language(s): Portuguese and Mirandese
U.S. military presence: Approx. 700 Air Force members at Lajes Field, Azores
International Organizations and Agreements: European Union, NATO, United Nations, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, and Community of Democracies

The United States-Portugal defense relationship is strong and enduring. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and an active member of the alliance. Portugal authorizes the United States to use Lajes Field, in the Azores, with approximately than 700 U.S. military and civilian personnel serving at this location. An Agreement on Cooperation and Defense (ACD) and an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing agreement are among many other agreements in place between the U.S. and Portugal.  The U.S. and Portugal military to military relationship is active and robust and includes aviation training, multi-national exercises such as Phoenix Express, and many U.S. port visits each year. 

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