Brazil in general

With an area of 8,547,404 sq. km, Brazil covers more than half of the South American Continent. This ‘Tropical Paradise’ boasts the capability to lure more than millions of visitors each year in comparison to any other South American country. From the dark Amazon to the wild passion of the Carnival, it is a country of mythic proportions. Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro are the most populated cities in Brazil. The diversity of cultures has created a religious, musical and culinary culture.

The country has the greatest variety of animals of any country in the world. It is home to 600 mammal species, 1,500 fish species, 1,600 bird species and an amazing 100,000 different types of insects. Brazil’s jungles are home to most of its animal life. But many unique species also live in the pampas and semi-desert regions.

The country enjoys a fair amount of rain, sun and wind. The Northeastern part of Brazil is known as the “Polygon of Drought” as it is the driest with a high evaporation rate and undependable rainfall. There are also dry grasslands, rugged hills, pine forests, sprawling wetlands and a long coastal plain.

With such a huge blanket of land spread across the continent it comes to no surprise that Brazil spans several time zones:

  • Eastern Standard Time
  • Western Standard Time
  • North East States and East Parà
  • Amapa and West Parà
  • Acra State
  • Fernando de Noronha Archipelago

External influences have made the city more liberal; however most of it remains the same. Many foreign nationals have even moved to Brazil with them owning apartments, flats and condominiums.

Even though global recession hit the country’s economy badly, the country is one of the fastest to emerge from it. Studies have shown that Brazil has the 10th largest economy and hot market. The country has shown tremendous signs of growth due to which companies continue to flock to Brazil.

The country has a load of natural resources such as Petroleum, Nickel, Hydropower, Gold and Bauxite to name a few. It is also the largest exporter of oranges. Of course, coffee, soybeans, cocoa and citrus are also traded.

Facts on Brazil