TN 2 (01-03)
GN 01727.010 Overview of the Portuguese Social Security System
The Portuguese Social Security system provides a wide range of benefits including retirement, survivors and disability benefits. To qualify, a worker must meet minimum length-of-work requirements that vary depending on the type of benefit. The Portuguese system is divided into:
a general Social Security system (Regime Geral de Previdencia) that covers most wage and salaried workers; and
several special systems that cover workers in specific occupational categories, including rural workers, the self-employed, domestic servants, members of the clergy, civil servants, and bank employees. The special systems generally provide the same type of benefits as the general system.