Sikhism in Portugal

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Sikhs in Portugal are a small minority. They make a part of the 60,000 strong Indian community in Portugal. There are between 6,000 and 7,000 Sikhs in the country.

Indians, mostly Gujuratis, have been in Portugal since the early 1960s, but the most recent inflow of Indians in Portugal is that of youths from Punjab, mostly Sikhs. Portugal became a destination for the Punjabi youths beginning in 1996 when the EU funds started flowing in leading to a spurt in construction Industry. Most of the youths work on construction sites. A number of them have opened restaurants, introducing hitherto absent Indian food to the Portuguese, and work in stores and agricultural plantations. Some have shown greater entrepreneurial skills and have opened small firms for subcontract business-plumbing, electrical services, painting, repairs etc. Most of them hold Indian passports and are concentrated in Lisbon and its suburbs but are mobile and travel all over Portugal for work.

A small organized Sikh community has come up in Guarda, in north - central Portugal. These immigrants have acquired functional knowledge of Portuguese and are thus better integrated into the local society.

Gurdwara

Seemingly, there is only 1 gurdwara in whole Portugal.

Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Sahib
Rua Padre Américo Monteiro Aguiar.
Lisbon.
Pontinha.