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General Info about Brazil


Here you are finding general information about the country, its culture and economy as well as specific information useful for you trip in Brazil.

Population: 191,241,714 (5th largest population in the world)

Area: 8,514,877 kmē (5th largest country in the world)

Capital: Brasilia (2.56 MM inhabitants)

Largest City: Sao Paulo (11.,04 MM inhabitants)

Ethnic Groups:

  • White (49.4%)

  • Brown (42.3%)

  • Black (7.4%)

  • Asian (0.5%)

Language: Portuguese

National flag:     

 Brazil Flag

Motto: Ordem e Progresso (order and progress)

National anthem: Hino Nacional Brasileiro

Government: Presenditial Federal Republic

President: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

GDP (Purchasing power quality): 1.993 Trillion US Dollar (Estimation for 2008)

Currency: Brazilian Real (R$). 1 US Dollar = ~ 1.72 R$; 1 Euro = ~ 2.55 R$ (November 2009)

Time zone:

  • Brasilia Official Time for Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Goias, Espirito Santo, Distrito Federal (Brasilia) = UTC (London Time) - 3 hours.

  • Brasilia Time + 1: Atlantic Islands = UTC -2

  • Brasilia Time - 1: Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondonia, Roraima = UTC - 4 hours

  • Brasilia Time - 2: Southwestern part of Amazona + state of Acre = UTC - 5 hours

  • Summer Time:  from 3rd Sunday in October to 3rd Sunday in February for Central Western Brazil, South and Southeast, moving the clock one hour forward  --> moving Brasilia Official time from UTC - 3 to UTC - 2


110/220 Volt. Plugs A, B and C. North American and European Visitors will need a plug adapter and most likely voltage converter.

Telephone country code: + 55

Drives on the: right side