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On analysis indicators

Find out in detail all the reference benchmarks for consulting and analysing municipal transparency.

Regional and municipal transparency

Ensuring transparency in how Portugal's regions and municipalities operate and govern is one of the key cornerstones of local power. Public institutions are a major asset of the country's democratic system, which is why their full disclosure is paramount.

Bearing in mind this foundational principle, first and foremost it is critical to specify and identify all the indicators that can contribute towards transparency. Spanning a range of different thematic domains, these indicators are charged with pragmatically materialising all the key decisions that have an impact on the population.


Thematic areas of indicators


Different analysis indicators


Decentralisation of powers

Decentralisation of powers





Citizen Assistance



Communication routes

Port areas


Inland waterway transport

Protected areas co-management

Civil protection

Social work

Community policing

Fire safety

Public car parking


Afforestation and re-afforestation

Fire brigade associations

Economic dynamics

Individual dynamics

Crude birth rate (‰)

Average monthly earnings

Migratory growth rate

RSI Beneficiaries

Aging index

Business dynamics


Financial management

Municipal revenues

Municipal Property Transfer Tax (IMI)

Municipal Tax on Onerous Property Transfers (IMT)

Vehicle Circulation Tax (IUC)

Municipal Surcharge (IRC)

Sales of goods, services and other own revenues

European Union funding

Municipal tax revenues

Other revenue

Total revenue

Fees, fines and other taxes

Transfers from the State Budget

Municipal expenditure

Total expenditure

Expenditure on personnel

Expenditure on the purchase of goods and current services

Current expenditure

Transfers and other capital expenditures, including amortizations

Other investmentsand acquisitions of capital goods


Public buildings

Basic infrastructure

Investments and other acquisitions of capital goods

Interest and other charges

Land and housing

Transfers and other Current expenditure

Financial management and sustainability

Total debt

Debt percentage

Execution of budgeted expenditure

Execution of budgeted revenue

Degree of financial independence

Amount of arrears

Budget balance

Average payment term (days)

Administrative management


Municipal Transparency Index

Human Resources

With permanent contract

In service commission


Non-higher level workers

Workers by position/career

Workers by contract

Without permanent contract

Senior technicians

Tax decisions

Municipality decisions

IMI rate applied to rustic buildings

IRC surcharge rate applied

Variable IRS rate applied

IMI rate applied to urban buildings

Entities at the service of Citizens

Local government administration is in itself a fairly complex structure. Apart from the bodies that work closely with citizens, such as the Municipalities and Parishes, a much wider array of organisations should be covered.

All these entities, each having their unique missions and purposes, fulfil a key role in providing services to the Citizen, either by responding directly to the population or by building short-, medium- and long-term strategies.


Total number of municipalities


Total number of parishes


Metropolitan Areas and Intermunicipal Communities


Regional development commissions

For more information, contact the DGAL Directorate-General for Local Authorities.

DGAL's duty is to conceive, study, coordinate and undertake measures to support Local Government and to promote closer co-operation with the Central Government. If you require any further clarification on the subject, the DGAL team will be glad to help.
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