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Portugal: Presidency candidate Manuela Gonzaga supports basic income

Manuela Gonzaga. Credit to: João Silveira

Manuela Gonzaga. Credit to: João Silveira

Next January, Portugal will have new presidential elections. Political activity in Portugal has been intense, and in the aftermath of recent legislative elections, several candidates line up for the political campaign. Manuela Gonzaga is one of those candidates, standing out in this scope, however, for explicitly supporting basic income.

At 64 years old, Manuela, a historian, writer and ex-journalist, has decided to embark in the presidential race in May this year. In her own words, the decision was made to run for President so as to lend her voice to all those who have lost theirs, or that never had it. As in a cry of revolt against the faceless and limitless brutal economic dictatorship, that is suffocating humankind. Manuela is supported by the political party PAN, and just as the latter, is a defender of the basic income concept.

Being so important within a pack of social and political measures, Manuela has explored and deepened her knowledge about basic income and its potential implication in social life. To this end, she and the Lisbon basic income activist group have met and discussed more deeply these potential implications, in a meeting held in the past 22nd of September.


More information at:

In Portuguese:

Wikipédia, “Manuela Gonzaga”.

Miguel Santos, “Manuela Gonzaga. Corrida para Belém tem mais um candidato”, O Observador, August 3 2015

Manuela Gonzaga Presidential official website.

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  • godenich

    List of European countries by median wage
    Luxembourg | 2875
    United Kingdom | 2389
    Denmark | 2215
    Sweden | 2053
    Finland | 1892
    Austria | 1817
    Belgium | 1807
    Germany | 1772
    France | 1717
    Netherlands | 1714
    Ireland | 1644
    Cyprus | 1411
    Italy | 1336
    Greece | 1265* (939)
    Slovenia | 1010
    Spain | 997
    Malta | 950

    Portugal | 694
    Estonia | 689
    Poland | 686
    Czech | 664
    Hungary | 626
    Croatia | 614
    Slovakia | 611
    Lithuania | 541
    Romania | 397
    Latvia | 368
    Bulgaria | 238
    €1250 (34992/28) Average EU Median Wage*
    €750 (0.6 X €1250) 60% of Average EU Median Wage
    * I believe median wage typically represents 50% of workforce

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