26 Brilliant Facts About Brazil
Looking to boost your worldly knowledge? Take a look at these 26 interesting facts about Brazil!
- Brazil is a vast, biodiverse and wildlife-rich country in South America.
- It is bordered by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana to the north, Uruguay to the south, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru to the west and Colombia to the northwest. It also has a coastline along the South Atlantic Ocean to the east.
- If you’re looking for sun, sand and rainforest, head for Brazil! If you’re making your own way there you’ll need the coordinates 15.7833° S, 47.8667° W.
- The terrain here is mostly flat-to-rolling lowlands, with a few plains, hills and mountains – wonderful!
- The total land area of Brazil is 3,300,169 square miles (8,547,403 square kilometres)…
- …that’s almost as large as the USA.
- That makes it the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world!
- Brazil’s population was 209.3 million in 2017…
- …that’s less than 2/3 of the USA population!
- Residents here are known as Brazilians.
- Contrary to what you might think, the capital is Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro; it covers an area of 2,240 square miles (5,802 square kilometres) and had a population of 4,155,000 in 2015.
- It is said that Brasília looks like an aeroplane from above!
- Brazilians enjoy a tropical climate in the west, north and east, with the south experiencing a temperate climate.
- This vibrant country is home to the Amazon river, the world’s largest river by volume of water flow and up to 30 miles wide!
- Brazil features 4,093 airports, second to the USA which has a staggering 13,513!
- Rio de Janeiro is home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the largest art deco statue in the world! Did you know you can get up close to the beautiful statue by taking a trip on the cable car?
- Rio carnival, held each year in Rio de Janeiro, is considered to be the largest carnival in the world!
- Apparently, Brazil has a total of 4 million plant and animal species, including monkeys, deer, anteaters, armadillos, anacondas, jaguars and pumas!
- In 1928, Henry Ford created an industrial town in the Amazon rainforest called Fordlândia (Portuguese for Ford-Land), for the harvesting of rubber to use on his Ford motor vehicles!
- Despite its location, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese.
- If you fancy sampling some of the authentic coffee you’ll need to change your GBP into Brazilian Real, the official currency here.
- Brazilians live for an average of 74 years.
- Brazil grows coffee, wheat, rice and soybeans; they also rear cattle.
- Its industry consists of shoes, textiles, chemicals, lumber, cement and iron ore.
- The main exports consist of coffee, transport equipment, footwear, iron ore and soybeans.
- In fact, Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee!