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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
  •      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.


  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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