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Municipality form

Resident population 4492 inhabitants,
Surface 155 km2,
Densidade populacional 28.980645161290322 inhabitants/km2,
Average monthly earnings 844,2 €/month,
Aging index 210 ,
Migratory growth rate 0,13 %,
Total business volume of companies 43,46 million €,
RSI Beneficiaries 17,19 per 1000 inhabitants,
Municipality with a total of
6 Parishes

Parishes of the county

  • — Calheta de Nesquim
  • — Lajes do Pico
  • — Piedade
  • — Ribeiras
  • — Ribeirinha
  • — São João

Relevant indicators

Financial management

Total debt per inhabitant


Budget balance

236,9 million €

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Administrative management

Number of workers

9,6 thousand

Number of workers with a permanent contract

8,7 thousand

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Tax decisions

IRC rate applied

150 %

IRS rate applied

250 %

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Economic dynamics

Crude birth rate (‰)


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Important note

Data regarding the decentralization of competences of municipalities is being updated. We are working to ensure that information is available as soon as possible.

Decentralization of powers

Proximity to populations is essential for solving people's real problems on a daily basis. Knowing the needs and having the ability to intervene in their resolution in an agile and uncomplicated way is one of the most important missions of the Municipalities.

For this, it is necessary that each Municipality has at its disposal not only the necessary resources but also the institutional attribution of the respective responsibilities. In light of the current model of decentralization of powers from the Central Administration to the Municipalities, each of the Municipalities entrusted with providing services to citizens in a very wide range of fields.

Areas of decentralization of powers

  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Culture
  • Citizen Assistance
  • Heritage
  • Justice
  • Communication routes
  • Port areas
  • Beaches
  • Inland waterway transport
  • Protected areas co-management
  • Civil protection
  • Social work
  • Community policing
  • Fire safety
  • Public car parking
  • Gambling
  • Afforestation and re-afforestation
  • Fire brigade associations
Important note

Once the powers relating to Health, Culture and Communications have been accepted, an agreement needs to be signed setting out the terms of the transfer of powers.
In Social work, the deadline given for the municipalities to pronounce themselves on the figures is still past, which is why this area has not been considered when calculating the acceptance of powers.