Did you know…a little about Brazil

For generic facts about Brazil’s history and geography, visit CIA’s Fact Book:

Lots of information there…

Para fatos gerais sobre a história e geografia do Brasil, visite o website da CIA:

Tem muita informação ali.

We are a proud nation, and this is why:

Bikinis in Rio may be skimpy, but prices are not. Brazil is one of South America’s most expensive countries. Brazil is the world’s tenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the ninth largest by purchasing power parity.

A country of massive contrasts, Brazil has the 9th highest number of billionaires in the world… and if any of you are living in Brisbane, we are seeking sponsors!

With more than 190 million people, it’s a busy place. All major cities have long traffic jams – even the skies suffer with this. Every 15 minutes airplanes take off flying between São Paulo and Rio, from downtown airports and São Paulo city has the second largest flight traffic of helicopters in the world.

… and talking about planes, the Brazilian company Embraer is the world’s third biggest aircraft-producer and exporter. It specialises in ‘regional’ jets, which is to say medium-sized planes that seat up to 110 passengers. Here in Australia if you have flown Virgin Blue, chances are you flew in one of Embraer’s jets.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of sugar, coffee, orange juice, soya, beef, tobacco and chicken. In terms of agriculture the Financial Times describes the country as “a powerhouse whose size and efficiency few competitors can match”.

Brazil holds the second largest number of cattle in the world, after India, with more than 160 million head (numbers from 2009), and here in Australia one of the largest beef exporters is now Brazilian. JBS Friboi is forging a new future for beef exports, and now Australia is even exporting “picanha” to Brazil!

Over 4 million cars in Brazil are now running on gasohol instead of petrol. Gasohol is a fuel made from sugar cane alcohol. Against a backdrop of rising concerns about climate change and declining oil reserves, Brazil has become a pioneer in the production of ethanol (produced from sugarcane) and other biofuels. More than three-quarters of the automobiles sold in Brazil have flex-fuel engines, capable of running on petrol, ethanol, or a mixture of the two.

Brazil has the 10th highest number of vehicle owners in the world.

Brazil is the third largest hydroelectricity producer in the world after China and Canada. In 2004 hydropower accounted [for] 83% of Brazil power production.

Other facts:

Brazil got its name from the nut not the other way around.

The Brazilian flag consists of a blue circle on a yellow diamond-shaped figure, placed on a green background. The green color represents Brazil’s fields and forests, the yellow stands for the gold Brazil had abundantly and the blue represents the vivid sky you usually find in tropical countries.

Cristo Redentor, the 8th tallest free-standing statue in the world is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Brazil has the 3rd largest road network on Earth.

The 3rd largest inland waterway networks are located in Brazil.

Brazil has the 10th largest railroad network on Earth.

Brazilian people produce world’s best coffee.

Artists who’ve covered “The Girl from Ipanema”:

Astrud Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Eartha Kitt, The Supremes, Sammy Davis Jr & Count Basie, Sergio Mendes

The country that issues the 4th most daily newspapers is Brazil.

The capital of Brazil is Brasilia and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was considered to be one of the best architects in the world.

Brazil produces the most oranges in the world.

Brazil has become the world’s leading source of satellite images, due to the government’s policy of providing users in Brazil and neighboring countries with free access to the images produced by the Sino-Brazilian Earth Resources Satellite.

Included in the many interesting Brazil facts is that a large number of people suffer from AIDS. However, this fact has been swept under the carpet. The country is also home to many transsexuals.

Brazil’s Aids program is widely seen as a model for other developing countries. In the early 1990s the World Bank predicted that in 2000 the number of Brazilians with HIV would be 1.2 million and rising. The current number, however, is around 630,000. The government puts great emphasis on prevention, with education and publicity campaigns actively and openly promoting safe sex among high-risk and vulnerable groups. Brazil was also the first developing country to commit to providing free anti-retroviral medicines to people with HIV, and the government has put pressure on international pharmaceutical companies in order to reduce the prices at which it buys anti-retroviral drugs.