The waiting staff bring out additional tables as more and more people turn out for a lunch meeting of the Finnish Society in Algarve, southern Portugal. Raimo Luokomaa, the chairperson of the society and a long-time resident of Portugal, is surprised by the recent popularity of the monthly meetings. “One-third of them are people I don't know,” he estimates as roughly one hundred retirees sit side-by-side around the tables of a restaurant in the town of Quarteira.
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Tax-free Portugal attracts Finnish pensioners
Most members of the nearly 25-year-old Finnish Society in Algarve are retirees living in the temperate coastal region of Portugal. The number of members has increased by more than a couple of hundred over the past year.