Alicia Vikander reveals why she and Michael Fassbender moved to Portugal

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Michael Fassbender is a proud Kerry man, while his wife Alicia Vikander hails from Sweden, and they both found success acting in Hollywood. While the couple are clearly very globally connected, when it came to establishing a home, there was only one place for them.

Five years ago the pair moved to Lisbon full-time and haven’t looked back. And now Alicia is opening up about why the chose the sunny Mediterranean country.

“When we were based in London, I had been there for seven years, and I got my own house and renovated it. But Michael had been living there for 18 years or something, and he was very much wanting to move somewhere away from a big city,” the Oscar winner told The Hollywood Reporter.

“London is quite a hub for our industry, and I wasn’t really ready, but then Brexit happened. I was very sad. I have always felt very much like a European,” she continued.

Confessing that “a lot of friends” began talking about relocating to Lisbon, and so she and Michael decided to visit the capital city, and immediately fell in love.

“By the time we kind of came back, it didn’t take more than a few weeks, and we had bought what is our house. And everyone was like: ‘Really?'”

“The weather obviously is a bit better than in Sweden and Ireland,” Alicia added.

She also shared why it was the right fit for the parents of one, saying: “It is a smaller city, but the people are so friendly. And in 25 minutes we are on a beach, or me and my friends’ kids can skateboard or surf. It’s a very family-oriented place.”


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Michael and Alicia first met in 2016 on the set of heartbreaking drama, The Light Between Oceans and went on to marry in Ibiza back in 2017.

They welcomed their first child, a son, in 2021.

The A-list couple will be working together for the first time in seven years for the upcoming film, Hope.

The Korean project will be directed by Na Hong-Jin, of The Wailing fame, and will see the couple star along side Squid Games star HoYeon Jung.

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