Hospitals, health centres and private clinics
Madeira has 2 hospitals located in Funchal. The Nélio Mendonça Hospital is located near the centre of Funchal and has 24 hours emergency services, external consultation, internment and surgery. The Marmeleiros Hospital is located in the village of Monte, north of Funchal, and is dedicated to the internment of patients with infectious diseases.
Madeira has also a network of 67 public health centres, distributed throughout the island, which provide medical consultation and, in some case, urgency services until 24h00.
There are, in addition, several private clinics which offer medical consultation, internment and surgery in areas such as dental care, orthopaedics, genealogy, ophthalmology and others. Some of the clinics in Funchal offer urgency services.
There are more than 30 pharmacies in Funchal and many more spread throughout Madeira, recognizable by a green cross sign. In each village there will always be a pharmacy open after hours, the location of which will be displayed on every pharmacy’s entrance door.
Portuguese teaching for foreigners
A number of language institutes offer Portuguese lessons to foreign residents. Courses are given both during the day and in the evenings. Private lessons can also be arranged through private tutors. The University of Madeira has also introduced Portuguese language courses for foreigners residing in Madeira.
There are two schools in Madeira teaching in English and Portuguese, the British School and the International School, both recognized by the Regional Secretary of Education. Pupils leaving the school may enter any Portuguese official school without further requirements.
The British and International Schools will accept pupils, of any nationality, respectively, from 3 to 15 years old and from 2 to 10 years old.
Public and private schools and nurseries
There are many public and private schools in all councils of Madeira, as well as nurseries which can accept children as young as 4 months old. In the Portuguese educational system, children start official school attendance at the age of 6 and the minimum mandatory scholarity is of 12 years.
In Madeira, the school activities start at the end of September through to the end of June with interruptions of 2 weeks in Christmas, 3 days in the Carnival festivities and 2 weeks in Easter.
Public nurseries are open for 11 months, whilst some private institutions remain open for 12 months. The holidays month for public nurseries must take place between July and September, whilst private nurseries usually close in August, although a few remain open all year round.
University and technical schools
The University of Madeira (UMa) was created in 1988 and presently has a wide range of courses in areas such as economics, business administration, computer science, engineering, mathematics and social sciences, amongst others. Bachelor and master degrees, as well as doctorate degrees are also ministered at UMa. UMa and Carnegie Mellon University have implemented a joint professional Masters in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) currently taking place at both universities.
The authority responsible for urban security, traffic control and emergencies is the PSP – Polícia de Segurança Pública. Every council in Madeira has at least one police station responsible for the local security.
Water is contracted and supplied by the local municipality. The consumption is charged monthly by kiloliter.
Madeira uses a 220 volts system, with individual metering per household. The consumption is charged per kilowatt-hour plus a fixed fee. The supply of electricity is contracted directly with the Madeira Electricity Company or at the local branch of the company.
Gas is the most common source of energy for water heating and cooking in Madeira. All new properties include piped gas connections sourced from a common container supplied by any of the local private gas companies. The consumption is charged by cubic meter. Old properties or isolated houses resort to bottled gas.
The local cable providers offer over 60 channels, depending on the chosen decoder and package. There are channels in English (CNN, MTV, VH1, BBC World, BBC prime, SKY News, Travel, CNBC, Bloomberg, Cartoon Channel, Disney, etc.), German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
There are a number of Internet Service Providers (ISP's) in Madeira with various connection options available, namely analogue telephone line or ISDN telephone line, ADSL connection which works as a parallel data transfer over the normal telephone line and cable Internet, which works through the Cable TV connection. There are several free Wi-Fi spots in Funchal and other cities in Madeira.
There are various options available, including fixed and mobile. In the fixed lines, both analogue and ISDN are commonly used. The ISDN line offers 3 possible numbers for telephone, fax and modem internet access. There are several mobile phone operators in Madeira, with a variety of pricing options and packages.
Council of Funchal
Câmara Municipal do Funchal
Praça do Município, 9004-512 Funchal
Nélio Mendonça Hospital
Avenida Luís de Camões, 57, 9000-168 Funchal
Estrada dos Marmeleiros, Monte, 9050 Funchal
Centro de Saúde do Bom Jesus/ Bom Jesus Health Centre
Rua das Hortas, n.º 65, 9054-526 Funchal
Centro Médico Infante Lda.
Avenida Arriaga 75, 2º - Sala 207, 9000-060 Funchal
Clínica Santa Luzia
Rua da Torrinha, 5, 9054-516 Funchal
Clínica Hospitalar da Madeira, Lda.
Rua dos Murças, 42 - 2º, 9000-058 Funchal
Clínica St.ª Catarina
Rua 5 de Outubro, 115/11, 9000-216 Funchal
PSP – Public Security Police
Rua da Infância, 28, 9050-039 Funchal
University and technical schools
Colégio dos Jesuítas, Rua dos Ferreiros, 9000-081 Funchal
Caminho da Penteada, 9000-390 Funchal
ISAL - Instituto Superior de Administração e Línguas
Rua do Comboio, 5, 9050-054 Funchal
Language and International Schools
Academia de Línguas da Madeira (ALM)
Rua do Ribeirinho de Baixo, 33-B 2º, 9050-447 Funchal
International School of Madeira
Calçada do Pico, 5, 9000-206 Funchal
Abrigo Infantil de Nª Sr.ª da Conceição
Avenida do Infante, 18, 9000-015 Funchal
Centro Infantil Maria Eugénia Canavial
Rua da Mouraria, 2, 9000-047 Funchal
Creche O Snoopy
Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas, 71 C, 9020-158 Funchal
FunchalGás – Instalações de Redes de Gás, Montagens de Aparelhos de Queima, Lda.
Rua das Pretas, 38, 9000-049 Funchal
Spelta - Produtos Petrolíferos Unipessoal, Lda.
Rua Achada Diogo Dias, n.º 2
Sítio da Nogueira 9135-401 Camacha
Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, S.A.
Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, 32, 9000 Funchal
Cable TV and Telephone
Zon TV Cabo Madeirense S.A.
Avenida Estados Unidos da América, Nazaré - S. Martinho, 9000-090 Funchal
PT – Centro de Telecomunicações S.A.
Rua Tenente Coronel Sarmento, 16, 9000-020 Funchal