It’s been 4 months since we have officially launched our project, so we thought it would be a good moment to share what we have been working on and accomplished so far.

What an amazing journey it has been. If this is the first time you are reading about Rural Move, we are a group of volunteers from Portugal who came together during the COVID-19 lockdown, when more people started working remotely and considering moving to the countryside. Our goal has been to help people move to rural areas of Portugal, as a way to foster local economic development, while also improving people’s quality of life. Did you know that 56% of the population in Portugal live in cities with more than 50.000 inhabitants?* Rural areas have lost around 40% of the population in the past 30 years.* It’s time to change that!

Our team currently has 18 members, who dedicate much of their free time to a cause they truly believe in. We have recently been busy with several competitions and events, to keep improving our offer and services, but also to learn how we can better help rural movers. But above all, we like to have fun in everything we do, especially in our weekly meetings.

Since we launched our platform, the feedback has been amazing. Can you believe that 90 people have registered with us, and are planning to move to Rural Portugal soon? We are hoping the first official move will happen very soon and will, of course, share it with you!

If you’ve been following us on social media (here, here, here and here) you know that Miranda do Douro and Penela are the pioneer towns who have already joined us. They have been awarded the “Remote Work Ready Town” seal, which means they are ready and looking forward to receiving you.

By the way, did you know that we have a team of local volunteers that are specialists in all things from finding housing to dealing with paperwork? This will make your move super smooth, so there’s really no reason why not to register with us today and start planning it.

Head over to our website and apply to be a Rural Mover, we would love to have you on board!

See you in the next blog post!