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Why Santa Maria da Feira?

Why Santa Maria da Feira?


Emídio Sousa
Mayor of Municipal de Santa Maria da Feira

Thanks to the excellence and cutting-edge of our companies, today products made in Portugal are recognized all over the world, due to their high standards of quality and innovation.

The Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira – a territory that boasts the world’s largest cork processing centre and one of Portugal’s largest footwear clusters – is making a decisive contribution towards this image of excellence enjoyed by products made in Portugal.

With their boldness and strategic vision, many of our entrepreneurs invested in the internationalization of their brands and triumphed in highly demanding and competitive markets through quality and innovation.

In addition to cork and footwear - two structuring sectors of national and local economy - Santa Maria da Feira is home to hundreds of other solid companies that envision diversifying their customers and markets – namely the paper, paints and ceramics, metal, building and childcare industries.

As a facilitator of contacts with the key players, the Santa Maria da Feira Municipality is strongly committed to promoting the internationalization of local companies, through business missions, institutional and trade relations with cities and a presence in international fairs, but also through strategic partnerships with Portuguese nationals living all over the world, in a Win-Win perspective where all can benefit and improve the quality of life of their communities of residence.


A territory with a strong industrial and corporate identity, Santa Maria da Feira is an attractive municipality to invest in, but also to live and work in – for its privileged location, its business-friendly environment, its institutional proximity and cooperation, its social and cultural dynamics, its access to health and education and its exceptional safety conditions, all resulting in quality of life.

Simply put, because we are good makers and because we are open to the world.

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