Fun Facts about Brazil
has a rich history and culture. It is a perfect destination for
tourists who want sun, sand, ocean, and a fun, friendly atmosphere. You
probably already know a little about the country but here are a few
facts about Brazil that you might not know.
Brazil is South America's largest country
and it's also the fifth largest in the world, behind Russia, Canada,
China and the United States, with an area of over 8.5 million square
Brazil is also the fifth largest country in terms of its
population size. Over 192 million people live here, though that's still
around 120 million less than those who live in the USA!
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil and it's located in the
central west region of the country. Unlike some of Brazil's historic
cities, Brasilia was planned and developed from 1956 and became the
capital of the country from 1960. From the sky, the central area of
Brasilia is shaped like an airplane!
São Paulo is Brazil's largest city by far. In fact it is
also the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the
largest in the world. Nearly 20 million people live in São Paulo's
Metro area; that's more than the whole of the state of New York!
Brazil was first explored by the Portuguese in April 1500, and
they started their first settlement here in 1532. For nearly three
hundred years following, this was a Portuguese colony and so today
Portuguese remains the official language.
Brazil is a country of great diversity, and this isn't
surprising when you think how much of the continent of South America it
takes up! From its popular coastlines, to its lush mountains, and the
rainforests of the Amazon, there is ample opportunity to experience
nature in Brazil.
A large portion of the Amazon Basin sits within Brazil, and
this means that there's also a large part of the world's biggest rain
forest right here in Brazil too. It's amazing to think how much of the
Amazon Basin remains unexplored with countless new species waiting to
The spectacular Iguaçu Falls is one of Brazil's most amazing
natural sites and it's situated near the tri-border where Brazil,
Paraguay and Argentina meet. The scenery here is breathtaking and the
Iguacu National Park in which the falls are located is a UNESCO World
Even Brazil's largest cities offer great scenery. The Sugarloaf
Mountain in the heart of Rio de Janeiro provides a place to get away
from the hustle of the city and to visit one of the most famous iconic
images of Brazil, Christ the Redeemer statue.
Rio is also world famous for its carnival. The Carnaval is the
largest of its kind in the world, sometimes attracting a couple million
visitors, making this an incredible festival and one not to be missed!
Official statistics tell us that Brazil attracts around 5 million tourists every year.
Written by Claire Bolgil
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