27 fascinating facts about vibrant Brazil

Brazil
Brazil is a vibrant and exciting country. Spanning a huge area and 5 different time zones Brazil is an eclectic mixture of people, geography, culture and landscapes. We have put together our top 27 facts about captivating Brazil.

  1. Around 60% of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil
  2. There more than 400 airports in Brazil
  3. The Brazilian football team have won the world cup a record 15 times
  4. Brazil has one of the largest economies in the world
  5. Brazil shares a border with every South American country with the exception of Ecuador and Chile
  6. Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world both on population and area
  7. Sex change surgeries are free under Brazil’s public health system
  8. Brazilian prisoners are allowed to reduce their sentence by four days for every book that they read
  9. The largest population of catholics can be found in Brazil
  10. Brazil’s capital Brasilia looks like an aeroplane from above
  11. Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal which meant it was the only European capital to be located outside Europe
  12. Rio de Janeiro was named in error. A Portuguese explorer thought it meant ‘the mouth of a river’ when in fact it means ‘January River’
  13. Voting in Brazil is compulsory
  14. Brazil was the only independent South American country to send troops to fight in WW2
  15. Only 43% of Adults have a high-school degree.
  16. According to Trip Advisor Brazil is home to the worlds best beach
  17. Brazils highest mountain is called Pico de Neblina and it is 2994 metres high
  18. The mountain was only discovered in 1950 and was first ascended in 1965
  19. Brazil is the worlds largest exporter of coffee
  20. According to report from 2007 there are 70 uncontacted tribes in Brazil
  21. Brazil is home to the largest population of Japanese people outside Japan
  22. Brazil is one of the worlds most bio-diverse countries. It is estimated to have about 4 million plant and animals species
  23. Brazil has the worlds longest stretch of continuous coastline, 4655 miles
  24. Brazil’s national dish is feijoada which is a black bean stew with dried, salted and smoked meat
  25. Brazil was the first country to accept women in their armed forces
  26. Brazil’s national drink is known as a caipirinha (it is delicious)
  27. The most popular name in Brazil is Silva

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