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Cookie policy

This cookie policy is an integral part of the Data Protection Policy of the website (“the website”).


What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by websites that you visit. They are widely use in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owner of the site.

Cookies can be classified into groups according to their purpose. There are cookies that are strictly necessary for the website to function properly, while others collect statistical information to analyse the website’s usage and performance. Other cookies are used to ensure the provision of additional functionalities to the website or to save your browsing preferences, whenever you use the same device. Other cookies can also measure the success of applications and the effectiveness of third-party advertising.

Cookies are essential for the internet to function; they do not damage your device and, if enabled in the browser settings, they help to identify and solve possible errors with the website.


Why use cookies?

The main objective is to make browsing simpler and enable you to make better use of the website. For this purpose, you are recognised when you open the website, eliminating the need to introduce the same information repeatedly and thereby enabling a faster, more efficient and better quality browsing experience. BANCO DE PORTUGAL also uses the information collected by cookies to improve the website. 


Cookies used and what they do

BANCO DE PORTUGAL uses cookies for the purposes below. Should BANCO DE PORTUGAL come to use other cookies so as to provide more and better services, you will be duly informed.


Cookie name

Entity responsible


Cookie type


User preference cookies

Banco de Portugal

Configurable 365 days


This cookie is used to remember a user´s choice about cookies on Banco de Portugal website. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user´s preference will be stored in this cookie.

Authentication cookie

Banco de Portugal

30 minutes in case of inactivity or immediately after user logout


Technical cookie for website authentication

Youtube and Third-party cookies


Depends on the cookie provider


When the Bank embeds third-party platforms, these may set cookies and will be disabled if you do not accept the use of cookies. E.g. you will not be able to watch YouTube videos on the website without accepting YouTube’s cookies and rules.

Usage cookies


Set by Google


Cookie that keeps usage records for Google Analytics.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit


Should I accept the use of cookies?

It is important to note that the use of cookies is essential for the proper functioning of the website as a whole and acceptance is therefore recommended.


How do I change my cookies settings?

You can withdraw your consent provided at any time, by modifying the choice at the cookies preference of the website.

Alternatively, most of web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.


Do not track preferences

Do Not Track is a function that allows visitors not to be tracked by websites. Do not Track options are available in a number of browsers including: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Opera.


Social Media Cookies

Banco de Portugal is active in social media platforms. Our presence in Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn communities strengthens our online presence and visibility.

  • Banco de Portugal website does not set cookies when displaying links to our social media channels when you browse our website.
  • You can watch Banco de Portugal vídeos, which we upload (embed) also to our YouTube page. You can also follow links from our website to Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Similarly, by clicking on the LinkedIn button on our website, you will be redirected to the LinkedIn site, which has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control.
  • Clicking on the Twitter icon on this website will re-direct you to the Twitter site, which has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control.