Facts About Brazil

Knowledge of the country you plan to invest in is important before purchasing property there. Below, we have gathered some information on Brazil for potential investors.


Research and Facts about Brazil

(from CIA World Factbook)

Information Required When Travelling to Brazil:

Country Name:

Brazil

Location:

Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean

Area:

8,511,965 sq km

land:

8,456,510 sq km

water:

55,455 sq km

Land Boundaries:

14,691 km

Border Countries:

Argentina 1,224 km, Bolivia 3,400 km, Colombia 1,643 km, French Guiana 673 km, Guyana 1,119 km, Paraguay 1,290 km, Peru 1,513 km, Suriname 597 km, Uruguay 985 km, Venezuela 2,200 km

Coastline:

7,491 km

Climate:

mostly tropical, but temperate in south

Terrain:

mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt

Geography:

largest country in South America; shares common boundaries with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador

Population:

188,078,227

Age Structure:

0-14 Years:

25.8% (male 24,687,656/female 23,742,998)

15-64 Years:

68.1% (male 63,548,331/female 64,617,539)

65 Years and Over:

6.1% (male 4,712,675/female 6,769,028) (2006 est.)

Average Age:

Total:

28.2 years

Male:

27.5 years

Female:

29 years (2006 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

white 53.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 38.5%, black 6.2%, other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian) 0.9%, unspecified 0.7% (2000 census)

Religions:

Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 7.4% (2000 census)

General

Languages:

Portuguese (official), Spanish, English, French

Government

Type:

federative republic

Capital:

Brasilia

Provincial:

26 states (estados, singular - estado) and 1 federal district* (distrito federal); Acre, Alagoas, Amapa, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceara, Distrito Federal*, Espirito Santo, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para, Paraiba, Parana, Pernambuco, Piaui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Sergipe, Tocantins

Independence:

7 September 1822 (from Portugal)

Economy

Currency:

Real R$

GDP Growth Rate:

2.4% (2005 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 20%
industry: 14%
services: 66% (2003 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

9.9% (2005 est.

Inflation Rate:

5.7% (2005 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus; beef

Transportation

Railways:

total: 29,412 km (1,567 km electrified)

Roads:

total: 1,724,929 km paved:
94,871 km unpaved:
1,630,058 km (2000)

Airports:

total: 709
over 3,047 m: 8
2,438 to 3,047 m: 24
1,524 to 2,437 m: 162
914 to 1,523 m: 463
under 914 m: 52 (2005)

Ports & Harbours:

Gebig, Itaqui, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande, San Sebasttiao, Santos, Sepetiba Terminal, Tubarao, Vitoria

Communications

Mains Telephones:

42,382,200 (2004)

Mobile Telephones:

65.605 million (2004)

Television Stations:

138 (1997)

Internet Users:

25.9 million (2005)

Country Internet Code:

.br

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