Due to the Portuguese colonization, there are examples of the galician-portuguese traditional culture in LUSOPHONE COUNTRIES such as:
• Cap Vert,
• Saint Tomé & Príncipe,
• East Timor
and in the cities of
• Goa (India) and
• Macau (China)
Due to reciprocal influences, we can find common elements between the galician-portuguese heritage and other EUROPEAN COUNTRIES such as:
• Italy, because the culture brought by the Romans is still alive in many daily elements (the oxen cart, the plough, working tools, etc)
• Germany, due to the existence of the suebish kingdom in the V Century.
The institution of the communal forest is also common, as well as many names of places that have a germanic origin.
• France, due to the contacts of the Saint-Jacques Pilgrim Way, that put the provenzal lyric in relationship with the galician-portugese medieval poetry, as well as the common celtic origins with the French Bretagne.
• Scandinavian Countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway), with viking influences at the structure of traditional boats such as the “dorna”, or the cellebration of the Viking Pilgrimage in Catoira with a reproduction of a scandinavian “Drakkar”.
• Ireland, from the foundational myth of Breogan to the recyprocal influences at the musical folklore.
• England, due to the wine commerce, in older times with the whole region and lately centered at the Douro River.
• Netherlands (Belgium, Holland): Embroidery crafts with wooden pins that are very similar to the “Encaixes de Camariñas” in Galice or the “Rendas de Bilros” in Portugal.
• There are some cultural links even with Russia, such as the picture of an “afiador”(knife sharpener) at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, or the collective memories of the “Children from the Civil War”.
There are also many galician or portuguese immigrants in all those countries, and this produces interesting cultural contacts.
Due to the presence of immigrants, mainly from Galice, there are many examples of galician-portuguese traditional culture in all the HISPANIC COUNTRIES, specially in Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Venezuela.