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About Brazil.

Whether your passion is caipirinha's, carnival, coconuts or capoeira Brazil is the country that has all those and so much more. Its people welcome visitors with open arms, possibly because the population is intermingled to a degree that is unseen elsewhere. Most Brazilians possess some combination of European, African, Amerindian, Asian, and Middle Eastern lineage, and this multiplicity of cultural legacies and lack of racism is a notable feature of current Brazilian culture.

Nightview over Rio

Its endearing Latin American spirit mixes with a friendly relaxed approach to life and with over 7000km of beaches, a temperate climate, stunning scenery and some of the best nightlife in the world it seems to tick most of the boxes. Football is of course a national obsession and whilst the 'the beautiful game' was invented in England its spiritual home is surely here in Pele's 'back-yard'. The Maracana Stadium in Rio once held a world record crowd of 199,854 fans for an international match with Uruguay.

Map of Brazil

The immigrant Portuguese language has been greatly influenced by the numerous Indian and African dialects encountered over the years. In fact, the Brazilian dialect has become the dominant influence in the development of the Portuguese language, for the simple reason that Brazil has 15 times the population of Portugal and a much more dynamic linguistic environment.

Brazil has one of the world's largest economies, with well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors. The major commercial crops are coffee and orange juice (Brazil is the world's largest producer), soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, cotton, tobacco, and bananas. Livestock, minerals and timber are also important, although much of the wood is illegally harvested. Most of Brazil's electricity comes from water power, and it possesses extensive untapped hydroelectric potential, particularly in the Amazon basin. The Amazon is also home to the largest number of uncontacted tribes in the world.

Football Logo

Capital: Brazillia.
Language: Portuguese.
Population: 180,000,000
Size:: 8,547,404. (sq km).

Vast disparities however remain in the country's distribution of land and wealth and one can argue that addressing this will be the country's biggest challenge in the years ahead.

Iguazu Falls

Finally, a small word on cultural etiquette, Brazilians are rightfully proud of their country but they are also a little too sensitive about what others think. Being critical of their homeland may damage the ego and will win you few friends. However, as it is difficult to find much to dislike about Brazil this is unlikely ever to be an issue and delivering a sincere compliment will come as second nature even to the most hardened travellers.

Football Logo Rio Olympics 2016

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