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Located in South America, Brazil is the fourth most populous democracy in the world. Known for its scenic beaches, vibrant lifestyle, lush forests and scintillating music, the country is also a popular tourist attraction. The economy of Brazil thrives on agriculture, mining and manufacturing. Since it was a Portugal colony centuries ago, its culture shows heavy Portugal influences. The predominant religion in Brazil is Catholicism. This beautiful place borders the Atlantic Ocean and has a coastline of over 7,367 kilometers. Check out some more interesting and fun facts about the country known as Brazil.
Fun Facts About Brazil
- Brazil is one of the biggest countries of the world and the most populous countries in Latin America. It is officially known as Brasil or Republica Federtiva do Brasil.
- The capital of Brazil is Brasilia and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world. This city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was considered to be one of the best architects in the world.
- Christ the Redeemer, the 130-feet tall statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro, is one of the seven wonders of the contemporary times. This sculpture is the symbol and icon of Brazil.
- Apparently, Brazil has the 2nd highest Christian population in the whole world!
- The only soccer team in this world to have won the prestigious ‘World Cup’ 5 times is Brazil's soccer team. Brazil is also the birthplace of one of the best soccer players of this century, Pele.
- One of the most beautiful stadiums of the Third World is the Maracana Stadium, built in 1950 and located in Rio de Janeiro.
- The world’s best and most delicious coffee is produced in Brazil.
- Amazon Rainforest, which is located in Brazil, is the world’s largest rainforest and covers an area of 2.3 million square miles.
- The main industries in Brazil are those of textiles, shoes, chemicals, cement, lumber, iron ore, tin, steel, aircraft, motor vehicles and parts, other machinery and equipment.
- Brazil also has a substantial amount of agricultural production. Coffee, soybean, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa and citrus are the main agricultural products grown in Brazil.
- Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada, the famous erudite personality of Brazil, composed the verses of the Brazilian anthem. The anthem is believed to be hard to understand, even by literate Brazilians, as there are many rare words and several complex sintatic constructions in the anthem.
- Brazil doesn’t have any official religion. Around 74% of the Brazilian population comprises of Roman Catholics. Besides, a number of diverse evangelical cults are also represented, as are animist beliefs (more so, in the Afro-Brazilian religion of candomblé).
- It is common in the country to kiss women on both their cheeks while meeting them or taking their leave, in informal situations. Between men, handshaking is customary and normal European courtesies are followed.
- In Brazil, flowers are an acceptable gift, while visiting someone on a meal, or on arrival. Another custom comprises of frequent offers of tea and coffee to the visitors.
- During the hot weather, people wear casual wear. The mode of dress is indicated on invitations for more formal occasions.