Fernando Venâncio spent his childhood in Lisbon and completed his secondary school in the northern Portuguese city of Braga. He studied Philosophy in Vila Nova de Ourém and Theology in Lisbon. In 1970 he moves to the Netherlands, where he eventually completes his studies in linguistics at the University of Amsterdam in 1976. Two years later he starts lecturing at the department of Portuguese studies in the University of Nijmegen. From 1984 to 1988 he taught at the University of Utrecht, eventually returning to the University of Amsterdam to teach Portuguese language and culture, until today. In 1995 Venâncio completed his doctoral degree with a thesis on Portuguese language.
He is an accomplished author and a regular contributor to prestigious journals such as Jornal Literário, Ler and Colóquio/Letras, working as a literary critic. He also publishes in the Portuguese newspaper Expresso and in the magazine Visão. Until March 2008, he was a regular contributor in the collective blog Aspirina B.
- Uma migalha na Saia do Universo, 1997 (poetry collection, translated from Dutch)
- Estilo e Preconceito. A Língua Literária em Portugal na Época de Castilho, 1998 (doctoral thesis, published by Edições Cosmos)
- Um Almoço de Negócios em Sintra, 1999 (translation of the work by Gerrit Komrij)
- Os Esquemas de Fradique, 1999
- Jose Saramago: A Luz e o Sombreado, 2000
- El-Rei no Porto, 2001
- Maquinações e Bons Sentimentos, 2002
- Ensaios Literários, 2002
- Quem Inventou Marrocos: Diários de Viagem, 2004
- Último Minuete em Lisboa, 2008.
- "I see my language everywhere: On linguistic relations between Portugal and Galicia", conference held at University College Cork, Ireland, 2006
- Simpósio Luso-Galego na University of Cork, 2006
- Mana Galiza, published at Expresso, (2007)
- "Um bom 'mergulho' no idioma: Verbos exclusivos de galego e português", article published at Portal Galego da Língua, 26/08/2015
- Fernando Venâncio in Aspirina B (in Portuguese)
- Brief bibliography and access to a number of short texts by Fernando Venâncio (in Portuguese)