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Portugal's social security system

The Portuguese social security system is based on 2 main schemes:

  • a contributory social insurance scheme which depends on social insurance contributions. This scheme started in 1935 and comprises the General Insurance Scheme, a number of Special Schemes and the Voluntary Social Insurance Scheme, and
  • a non-contributory welfare assistance scheme which depends on a means test.

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