Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous.

Brazil’s geography Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest nation in the world. It forms an enormous triangle on the eastern side of the continent with a 7,400km coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. It has borders with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador.

 Key Cities

Key cities in Brazil include: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasillia, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Curitiba, Recife

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

The history of Brazil starts with indigenous people in Brazil. Europeans arrived in Brazil at the opening of the 16th century. … On September 7, 1822, the country declared its independence from Portugal and it became the Empire of Brazil. A military coup in 1889 established the First Brazilian Republic.

Catholicism. Brazil has an enormous diversity of religious ideals and affiliations, largely in part to the extraordinary variations between cultures that stem from migration and slavery. Yet the main religion in the country is Catholicism, with about three-quarters of Brazilians declaring themselves Catholic

Brief Country History

Brazil was officially “discovered” in 1500, when a fleet commanded by Portuguese diplomat Pedro Álvares Cabral, on its way to India, landed in Porto Seguro, between Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. (There is, however, strong evidence that other Portuguese adventurers preceded him. Duarte Pacheco Pereira, in his book De Situ Orbis, tells of being in Brazil in 1498, sent by King Manuel of Portugal.)

Brazil’s first colonizers were met by Tupinamba Indians, one group in the vast array of the continent’s native population. Lisbon’s early goals were simple: monopolize the lucrative trade of pau-brasil, the redwood (valued for making dye) that gave the colony its name, and establish permanent settlements. There’s evidence that the Indians and Portuguese initially worked together to harvest trees. Later, the need to head farther inland to find forested areas made the pau-brasil trade less desirable. The interest in establishing plantations on cleared lands increased and so did the need for laborers. The Portuguese tried to enslave Indians, but, unaccustomed to toiling long hours in fields and overcome by European diseases, many natives either fled far inland or died. (When Cabral arrived, the indigenous population was believed to have been more than 3 million; today the number is scarcely more than 200,000.) The Portuguese then turned to the African slave trade for their workforce.

 Language (s) Written & Spoken

Despite the fact that Portuguese is the official language of Brazil and the vast majority of Brazilians speak only Portuguese, there are several other languages spoken in the country.

Portuguese is the official and national language of Brazil and is widely spoken by most of the population. The Portuguese dialects spoken in Brazil are collectively known as Brazilian Portuguese. The Brazilian Sign Language also has official status at the federal level.

 Important Types of Commerce in Brazil

Major industries include iron and steel production, automobile assembly, petroleum processing, chemical production, and cement making; technologically based industries have been the most dynamic in recent years, but have not outpaced traditional industries.

 Language Services US and others will provide working with Brazil

Brazil offers a gateway for business in neighboring Latin American countries. Brazil is attracting attention from the rest of the world thanks to its solid economic growth over the past decade and very promising forecasts for the future. It is one of the largest markets both by population and geographical area. Communicating with the local market requires proper Brazilian Portuguese translation and localization. In an international survey, two-thirds of Brazilians stated their unyielding stance of having information presented to them in their native language, and value this overpaying a lower price while shopping online. This is a fact worth noting for those hoping to expand their business into Brazil.

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