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Has life become any easier for Portuguese people?

20 August 2013 Last updated at 17:23 BST

After 18 months of recession, the Portuguese economy has finally shown signs of recovery.

Portugal's economy outperformed the rest of the Eurozone with economic growth of 1.1% between April and June, driven by a 6.3% increase in exports.

But has life become any easier for ordinary people?

BBC Radio 5 live's Drive reporter Dominic Laurie has been in Portugal asking locals such as housekeeper Tanya - who lives on just €600 a month - about their experiences.