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Moving to Portugal (Lisbon)

I´m an American who has lived in various countries over the past 6 years. I´ll be moving to Portugal in August Protected content . Where might I find information on settling in things like credit card applications and other banking matters, options for cellphones (pre vs post-paid), etc.? It may seem like a dumb question, but I´ve lived in Germany where it is very easy and Turkey, where it is virtually impossible to do these things as a foreigner, so I want to go in with my eyes open.

What would you say is the biggest challenge? Greatest benefit? I´ll be in or between Lisbon and Cascais, or Oeiras Valley.

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