Símbolos Nacionais Portugueses: manutenção ou mudança?


  • Sonia Pedro Sebastião ISCSP-UTL




National Symbols, Portugal, Survey, Internet


In the present article, one intends to present the Portuguese National Symbols through a legal and historical definition. One stresses the co-relation between Portuguese national identity, its symbols and the role of communication technologies in its formation, maintaining or changing. On one hand, symbols are understood as centripetal elements of cohesion reinforced by media. On the other hand, Portuguese National Symbols are presented as the result of an evolutionary process which can be identified with the History of Portugal, its leaders and the political power. To understand the feeling about the Portuguese National Symbols, one used an inquiry asking what the respondents (aged with less than 35 years old and inhabiting the district of Lisbon) thought about the Portuguese National Symbols and what would they change if they could. Finally, one complements her findings observing web petitions and personal websites where movements appealing to the Portuguese National Symbols change are presented. The results show the Portuguese attachment to their National Symbols and their agreement with its maintenance after the 25th April 1974 Revolution.

Author Biography

Sonia Pedro Sebastião, ISCSP-UTL

Professor at Media and Communication Studies Department




How to Cite

Sebastião, S. P. (2010). Símbolos Nacionais Portugueses: manutenção ou mudança?. Observatorio (OBS*), 4(3). https://doi.org/10.15847/obsOBS432010348