For a long time, Portugal faced a severe heroin crisis that crippled nearly 1% of the entire population. So, how did they handle the issue? Contrary to what you may think, they didn’t implement harsher rules that made it extremely difficult for people to purchase the drug. Instead, they decriminalized heroin in 2001.
Portugal was hit hard by the global financial crash of 2008. But Lisbon has since been working hard to recover, and the city is now making waves as a startup capital.