Introduction

Enchanting Brazil has something to offer for everyone. The great country abounds with travel opportunities, no matter what you fancy. Here you can experience exciting history and modern architecture, deep jungles, large rivers and roaring waterfalls and of course lovely beaches such as Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian capital, Brasilia, is located inland, and it was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, when policians decided to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to the new location. Today, Brasilia is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List with its modernist architecture and artistic urban planning.

Many other Brazilian cities are also worth a visit. Rio de Janeiro with beaches, the Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue are all known, but São Paolo has as the largest Brazilian city also its sights. This also goes for Salvador, Manaus and other major cities, and in contrast to the large cities, you can visit the small town of Paraty, preserved from the Portuguese colonial era.

Brazil, of course, is also known for its lush and stunning scenery. It is dominated by the Amazon rainforests, where wildlife thrives. In the country you can see jaguars, cougars, ocelots, monkeys and more than 70 parrot species. Plant life is also a great experience and Brazil is the country with the most known plant species in the world.

Biggest cities
  • Sao Paolo: 12,176,866
  • Rio de Janeiro: 6,688,930
  • Brasilia:  2,974,703
  • Salvador: 2,857,329
  • Fortaleza: 2,643,247
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • Tuesday before Ash Wednesday: Last Carnival Day
  • 46 days before Easter Sunday: Ash Wednesday
  • Date varies: Good Friday
  • Date varies: Easter Day
  • April 21: Tiradentes
  • May 1: May 1 celebrations
  • 60 days after Easter: Corpus Christi
  • September 7: Independence Day
  • October 12: Our Lady of Aparecida
  • November 2: All Souls Day
  • November 15: Proclamation of the Republic
  • December 25: Christmas Day
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Brasília, Federal District, Brazil

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Practical info
  • Official name: República Federativa do Brasil
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • National anthem: Hino Nacional Brasileiro
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Population: 210,147,125 (2019)
  • Primary Religion: Christianity
  • Currency: Real (BRL)
  • Drives in: Right side
  • Domain: .br
  • Phone code: +55
  • Time Zone: BRT (UTC-2-UTC-5)
  • Power and plugs: 127 V-220 V / 60 Hz, plug type C, N
Geography
  • Area: 8,514,877 km² / 3,287,612 sq mi
  • Highest point: Pico de Neblina, 2,994 m / 9,823 feet
  • Longest river: Río Amazonas, 6,400 km / 3,977 mi
  • Largest lake: Represa de Sobradinho, 4,214 km² / 1,627 sq mi
  • Largest island: Marajó, 40,100 km² / 15,483 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Atlantic Ocean. South: Uruguay. East: Atlantic Ocean. West: Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina.
Celebrities
  • Pedro II: Emperor, 1825-1891
  • Alberto Santos Dumont: Aviator, 1873-1932
  • Getúlio Vargas: President, 1882-1954
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Composer, 1887-1959
  • Oscar Niemeyer: Architect, 1907-2012
  • Pele: Football Player, 1940-
  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: President, 1945-
  • Paolo Coelho: Lyricist, 1947-
  • Dilma Rousseff: President, 1947-
  • Zico: Football Player, 1953-
  • Jair Bolsonaro: President, 1955-
  • Ayrton Senna: Race Driver, 1960-1994
  • Romário: Football Player, 1966-
  • Rubens Barrichello: Race Driver, 1972-
  • Ronaldo: Football Player, 1976-
  • Gisele Bündchen: Model, 1980-
  • Eduardo Savarin: IT entrepreneur, 1982-
  • Neymar: Football Player, 1992-