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Antonio Fernando COUTO DOS SANTOS

Minister for Education

Antonio Fernando COUTO DOS SANTOS, Portuguese Minister for Education.


COUTO DOS SANTOS, Antonio Fernando was born on May 18, 1949 in Esposende, Portugal. Parents: loao dos Santos and Maria Costa dos Santos (née Costa).


Secondary School diploma, liceu Passes Manuel, Lisbon, 1974. Chemical Engineering degree, Higher Institut, of Technology, Lisbon University, 1980. Management course, Institut, of Labour and Company Sciences, Lisbon, 1984.

Spoken languages: French, English, Spanish.


Assistant to Secretary of Slate for the Environment, 1983. Assistant to Minister of Quality of Life, 1984. President, Committee on Youth, Council of Europe, 1985-1987.

Secretary of State for Youth, 1985-1987. Vice-President, 1st and 2nd Conferences of Ministers responsible for youth. Council of Europe, 1985 and 1988.

Member, Social Democratic Party National Council, since 1986. Assistant Minister and Minister of Youth, since 1987. Deputy, Assembly of the Republic, since 1987.

Vice-President, European Directive Committee on Intergovernmental Co-operation on Youth, Council of Europe, since 1988. Minister for Education. Chemical Engineer. Arsenal do Alfeite, 1974-1980.

Trainee, Chemiefazer-Lenzing, Austria, 1980. Chemical Engineer, Quimigal, Portugal, 1981-1983. Member, Southern Region Engineering Society.

Southern Region Engineer’s Union.


  • Plano Energético Nacional, urna visao Critica, 1984. ABC do Consumidor, 1984. Urna Política Global e Integrada de Juventude, 1985.

    Aposta no Homem, 1986. Agricultura: Urna Opcao Jovem, 1987. Os Desafíos da Democracia, 1987.


Roman Catholic.


Clubs: International Football Club. Joao Lagos Tennis School.


  • Other Interests

    Political and sociological literature. Classical and modem music. Jazz; travelling; driving.

    Tennis; football.


Spouse Gabriela Couto dos Santos, 1975. Children: Joao Pedro.