Brazil is a country in South America located along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the fifth-largest country in the world and the largest country in South America by area. The following are 18 interesting facts about Brazil. Let’s read.
18 interesting facts about Brazil
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world by area. It has an area of 8.5 million square kilometers (3.3 million square miles). Brazil is also the sixth most populous country in the world. The country has a population of about 215 million.
About 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil
About 60% of the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil. The rainforest makes Brazil one of the most biologically diverse nations on Earth.
Brazil touches all countries in South America except Chile and Ecuador
It is interesting to note that Brazil shares a border with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador.
Last country to abolish slavery in the Americas
Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery. Slavery was abolished in Brazil on May 13, 1888.
The majority population resides near the Atlantic coast
The majority population of Brazil resides close to the Atlantic coast. Most major cities of Brazil like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador are located near the coast.
23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Brazil
There are a total of 23 UNESCO world heritage sites in Brazil- 15 cultural, 7 natural, and 1 mixed. The most visited ones are the city of Brasilia, Iguaçu National Park, the Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia, etc.
The Christ the Redeemer (statue), a Wonder of the world is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue is 30 meters high.
Languages in Brazil
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil. Spanish, Hunsrik, and English are the three other significantly spoken languages in the country.
Sports in Brazil
Association football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Brazil. Brazil is the most successful country in the FIFA world cup. The country has won the title a record five-time (till the 2018 FIFA World Cup). Volleyball and basketball are also quite popular in Brazil.
The majority length of the Amazon river is in Brazil. The Amazon River is the second-longest river in the world after the Nile River. It is however the largest river in the world by the amount of water.
The flag of Brazil has 27 stars
The flag of Brazil contains 27 stars. The stars represent the 26 Brazilian states and the Federal District.
The biggest carnival in the world
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is widely considered the biggest carnival in the world. The carnival is held every year before Lent and is attended by millions of people. The Rio carnival is often called “the Greatest Show on Earth”.
Highest mountain peak in Brazil
Pico da Neblina is the highest mountain peak in Brazil. It has an elevation of 2,995 meters (9826 ft) and is located in the Amazonas state.
Largest producer and exporter of Sugarcane
Brazil is the largest producer of sugarcane in the world. Sugarcane in Brazil is not only used for sugar production but also for making ethanol. Brazil is also the largest exporter of sugarcane in the world.
Largest producer and exporter of Coffee
Brazil is the largest producer and exporter of coffee in the world.
Second most visited country in South America
Brazil is the second most visited country in South America after Argentina.
The largest city in Brazil
São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. The city has a population of over 12 million making it the most populous city in the whole of South America. Sao Paulo has double the population of the second-largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.
Capital of Brazil
Brasilia is the capital of Brazil. It is the third most populous city in Brazil. Brasilia became the capital of Brazil in 1960. The previous capital was Rio de Janeiro.
Economy of Brazil
Brazil has the highest GDP among all South American countries. The largest sector is the service sector followed by the industrial sector.
- Brazil is the only country in the world through which both the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn pass.
- Brazil has the largest army in South America by active military personnel.
Basic facts about Brazil
|Area||8.5 million square kilometers (3.3 million square miles)|
|Population||about 215 million|
|Currency||Brazilian real (R$)|
|Largest city||São Paulo by population|