Nepalese in Portugal
Total population
51,000 [1][2][3]
Regions with significant populations
Lisbon · Algarve
Portuguese · Nepali
Hinduism · Buddhism
Related ethnic groups
Non Resident Nepali

There is a community of Nepalis living and working in Portugal. They are one of the fastest growing expatriates and immigrants in Portugal. Most of them reside in Lisbon. As of 2019, 1,287 Nepalis acquired the Portuguese citizenship, making them the ninth biggest nationality in Portugal.[4]


Restaurante Real Nepal, a Nepalese restaurant in Lisbon

Nepali Wave is a Nepali language newspaper that was first published in Lisbon in October 2012 and it was released by the Honorary Consular of Nepal for Portugal, Makar Bahadur Hamal and Chairman of the Nepal-Portugal Art, Literature and Communication Council, Kumar Shrestha on the occasion of the Dashain and Tihar.[5]


Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN) Portugal is a Nepalese community organization, founded by the Nepalese community in Portugal.[6]

In April 2012, Nepalis residing in Portugal have started the construction of Nepal House in Lisbon. President of NRN Portugal, Ramesh Kumar Gurung said that the decision was taken by the committee so as to assist in preserving Nepalese traditions and culture.[7]


  1. ^ "Census"[dead link]
  2. ^ "Cerca de 50.000 nepaleses entraram em Portugal nos últimos anos". DN (in Portuguese). 16 March 2022. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  3. ^ Lusa, Agência (16 March 2022). "Cerca de 50.000 nepaleses entraram em Portugal nos últimos anos". Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  4. ^ Khadka, Upasana. "Europe now favoured destination for Nepalis". Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  5. ^ ""Nepali Wave" starts publication from Portugal",, 28 October 2012
  6. ^ "NRN – Portugal", The Himalayan Times
  7. ^ "Nepalese to construct Nepali House in Portugal",, 4 April 2012