What is the British Council?
The British Council was founded in 1934 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1940. We are a public corporation, a charity and an executive non-departmental public body with operational independence from the UK government. Our Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales is our Vice-Patron.
The Royal Charter, which governs our work, sets out the objects for which we exist. These are:
"[to] advance [....] any purpose which is exclusively charitable and which shall
(a) promote cultural relationships and the understanding of different cultures between people and peoples of the United Kingdom and other countries;
(b) promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom;
(c) develop a wider knowledge of the English language;
(d) encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational cooperation between the United Kingdom and other countries; or
(e) otherwise promote the advancement of education."
Visit the UK British Council pages.
We are registered as "British Council – Representação Permanente em Portugal".
We operate under activity codes
- CAE 94991 (Cultural and Recreational Association – Associações Culturais e Recreativas)
- CAE/S – 85592 (Language Schools – Escolas de Línguas
Our registration number and fiscal number is 980430836.