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With actions aimed at companies, the younger generation, those who still don't use the internet or who want to feel safer on it, the .PT's mission is to guarantee a strong digital ecosystem in Portugal.

Have you noticed that most of the sites you consult in Portugal end in .pt? And have you ever wondered why this is and why so many websites use this domain?

Because .pt is not the end point, but the starting point for a guarantee of a stable, secure and trustworthy service to these entities, of respect for the law, for privacy and for the protection of personal data, and of transparency, ethics and responsibility.

And who is behind this Portuguese internet house? A non-profit association - the .PT - with the mission of connecting Portugal to the world, to guarantee a strong national digital ecosystem and to promote a conscious and informed use of the internet. In this house, there are rooms for all tastes.

More digital companies

One of the most important areas of support of .PT is the one for Portuguese companies, which have various initiatives thought for them. 3em1 guarantees, for one year, a package of free services, including the .pt domain, site development tools, lodging and email boxes, for whoever creates a company, branch or association on the spot. And to make sure that these benefits also reach entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium businessmen, .PT supports the ComércioDigital.pt initiative.

The companies are also entitled to training and mentoring actions and free access to digital tools through Rampa Digital. This initiative was recently present at Portugal Exportador, where it offered entrepreneurs and businessmen quick diagnosis on their digital skills and the needs of their businesses, to then direct them to recommended trainings and useful tools for their daily life.

Growing up on the internet

Young people are naturally the most digitally savvy generation. Even so, it is important, from an early age, that they use the Internet in a conscious, safe and informed manner, and make the best use of its potential. Sitestar.pt, for example, challenges them to develop original websites in .pt, in a competition involving students aged between 14 and 18 and their teachers. Apps for Good, a movement supported by .PT, challenges teams of students and teachers to create apps that respond to their day-to-day needs and meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

There is also a scholarship programme, a partnership between .PT and Huawei, where 50 Portuguese students from higher education in the areas of engineering and science are supported each year. The goal is to foster the study in these important areas for the future of the country and for Portugal's position in the world of advanced computing, for example, while promoting gender equality in information and communication technologies, by awarding an equal number of scholarships to boys and girls.

Digital literacy and empowerment

Another of the main priorities of .PT and of the initiatives it supports is that digital technology and its advantages reach as many citizens as possible. The concern with reaching and empowering more disadvantaged audiences, such as women in vulnerable situations and young people with special needs, is another objective of Rampa Digital, which therefore goes beyond the public focused on entrepreneurs and micro and small entrepreneurs.  The EUSOUDIGITAL programme aims to promote the digital literacy of Portuguese men and women and has developed, for that purpose, a national network of thousands of volunteers and more than 1,500 training spaces. This initiative is promoted by MUDA, a national movement promoted by several companies, universities and associations, among which .PT.


The .PT Security Operations Centre (PTSOC), implemented in 2019, has a team of specialised professionals and technological means dedicated to the prevention and response to cybersecurity threats. Its catalogue of services includes training and awareness actions, technical support and communication and reporting channels, as well as a free helpline available through 800 910 039. The PTSOC also has its own bilingual information magazine on issues related to cybersecurity - PTSOCnews - and has developed, together with the Public Security Police, several free training actions in the scope of the INCoDe.2030 Roadmap.

Internet for all

.PT also supports the public policy programme INCoDe.2030, which is organised in five axes of action that guarantee that digital reaches everyone and that, through it, Portugal reaches further. Focused on education and vocational training, qualification and requalification of the population, inclusion, advanced training and research, INCoDeDe.2030 supports several actions with distinct goals. Through the INCoDe.2030 Roadmap, the programme is taking to various cities, in mainland Portugal and in the Autonomous Regions, discussion sessions and presentation of its various initiatives and actions, including good local examples of digital empowerment programmes.


This article was originally published on Portal Directions and SAPO.

Please note: the articles on this blog may not convey the opinion of .PT, but of its author.
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