Instituto Camões

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The Instituto Camões is a Portuguese cultural institution to promote the Portuguese language was established and culture, and has offices in all continents. The name pays homage to the Portuguese national poet Luís de Camões (1524 / 25–1579 / 80).


The Instituto Camões was founded in 1992 as the successor to the Instituto da Cultura e Língua Portuguesa .

It reports to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs , which is responsible for Portugal's foreign cultural policy. The Instituto Camões maintains both Centros de Língua Portuguesa (Portuguese language centers) and Centros culturais portugueses (Portuguese cultural centers) in over thirty countries . The language centers offer language courses to learn the Portuguese language, while the cultural centers aim to convey Portuguese culture abroad.

National cultural institutes in the European Union

The concept of the institute corresponds to the German Goethe Institute , the British British Council , the French Alliance Française , the Spanish Instituto Cervantes and the Italian Istituti Italiani di Cultura . All these national cultural institutes are amalgamated in the EUNIC ( European Union National Institutes for Culture ).

Entrance to the Instituto Camoes on Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon

Centros de Língua Portuguesa

The Portuguese Language Institutes (CLP) offer language courses and work in educational cooperation. There are such language institutes in the following cities:

Centros culturais portugueses

The aim of the Portuguese Cultural Centers is to promote cultural relations with Portugal, especially in those countries that have a historical link with Portugal. There are such cultural institutes in the following cities:

There are also branch institutes in Berlin , Brussels and Vigo (Spain).

Web links

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Coordinates: 38 ° 43 ′ 29.2 "  N , 9 ° 8 ′ 56.2"  W.