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Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 | 8 comments

Interesting Facts About Brazil

Next week, I am going to start a series of posts highlighting my experience in Brazil.  Before starting, I want to share with you some interesting and fun facts about this humongous country.  I found a lot of exciting facts which I am sure you will enjoy.  Who knows? You may get surprised by Brazil.  Then, you will probably want to visit this amazing place.  Enjoy!!!

  • Brazil is huge.  There is no doubt about it.  Therefore, it is number one in the world for many things.  Let’s learn about
    some.
  •      World’s largest wetland – Pantanal
  •      World’s largest rainforest – Amazon (most of the forest is located inside’s Brazil territory).
  •      World’s largest producer of coffee, oranges and cassava.
  •      World’s largest party – Carnaval
  •      World’s longest beach – Praia do Cassino (150 miles)
  •      One of the largest stadiums – Maracana
  •      Biggest river system – Amazon
  •      Most species of monkeys
  •      Highest number of both terrestrial vertebrates and invertebrates
  •      Largest Roman Catholic population in the world
  •      Country with most World Cup’s wins – 5 times
  •      Largest country in South America
  •      Most populous country in South America – 190 million
  •      Largest city in the Southern Hemisphere – Sao Paulo
  •      Largest Portuguese speaking country in the world
  •      One of the best soccer players in the history was born in Brazil – Pele

 

  • Portuguese is the official language in the country. However, a dozen of Indian languages are spoken.
  • The current president of the country is a woman called Dilma Rousseff (people believe Lula is still the president).
  • Brazil’spopulation is very diverse, consisting of Indians, descendants of Portuguese colonists and immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Brazil is known for having created some sports like beach soccer and foot volley.
  • Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, located in Rio de Janeiro, is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
  • Brazil is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world’s seventh largest economy at market exchange rates and the eighth largest in purchasing power parity.
  • The relative importance of Brazilian agriculture has been declining since the mid-20th century when the country began to rapidly urbanize and exploit its mineral, industrial, and hydroelectric potential.

 

  • The city of Sao Paulo has become one of the world’s major industrial and commercial centers.
  • The country contains no desert, high-mountain, or arctic environments.
  • The largest Japanese city existing outside of Japan is located in Sao Paulo.
  • Brazil was named for the Pau Brasil tree (also known as Brazilwood).
  • Brazil is famous for its soap operas (I recently watched one called India, A Story of Love).  It is interesting to notice that the country’s soap operas are quite popular in Portuguese speaking Africa.
  • Most Brazilians don’t marry until their late twenties
  • It is a 100% energy independent country.

 

  • There are about 2,500 airports in Brazil, including landing fields: the second largest number in the world, after the United States.
  • The feijoada is the national dish and the caipirinha is the national drink.
  • Regional foods include dishes such as vatapá, moqueca, polenta and acarajé.
  • Brazil has a variety of candies such as brigadeiros (chocolate fudge balls), cocada (a coconut sweet), beijinhos (coconut truffles and clove) and romeu e julieta (cheese with a guava jam).
  • Popular snacks are pastel (a pastry), coxinha (chicken croquete), pão de queijo (cheese bread and cassava flour / tapioca), pamonha (corn and milk paste), esfirra (Lebanese pastry), kibbeh (from Arabic cuisine), empanada (pastry) and empada(little salt pies filled with shrimps or hearth of palm).

 

  • Relationships are the main focus of the Brazilian society (instead of money, systems or education). Time is spent nurturing relationships.
  • Brazilians visiting abroad spend significantly more money than do foreigners visiting Brazil. Therefore, a lot of countries are interested in attracting Brazilian tourists.
  • Brazil has 18 World Heritage Sites.
  • Brazilians have a really interesting concept called “ jeitinho brasileiro”.  This concept is related on how Brazilians deal creatively with life everyday complications.  In practice, it means that there can be a set of rules or systems establish but there should be a way around them.
  • Brazilians are mostly optimistic and have a passive attitude to life.  They say “Everything work out in the end”.
  • They are not enthusiastic about long term projects, if they start a project they want to see almost immediate results.
  • They live in present time. They don’t plan too much ahead.  If they are going somewhere, they usually decide where they are going on the way.  They have a sense that people should know their place.

 

How many of these facts you knew? Want to share an interesting fact about Brazil?  Let me know in the comments section below.

8 Comments

  1. Me llamó mucho la atención lo de la ciudad japonesa más grande y que son 100% energy independent….interesante. Sabes estamos planficando ir a Brazil para el mundial! Así que voy a necesitar de tus tips!!

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