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Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil [pronounced: bra 'ziw]), officially known as the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil) is a federal republic in South America. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest one in the world. With 210 million inhabitants, Brazil is not only the largest country in both South America and Latin America, but it is also the fifth-largest country in the world by area and the sixth most populous.

The country's capital city is Brasília, and the largest city is São Paulo, with over 12 million inhabitants. The Greater Sao Paulo is the country's largest metropolitan area, with 21.3 million residents. Brazil is borded to the north and northwest by Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia and French Guiana (a department of France), to east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the northeast by Paraguay, to the south and southeast by Uruguay and Argentina.

Before Brazil was "discovered" by Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500, it was populated by several Indigenous tribes. Brazil remained a Portuguese colony from 1500 to 1815. In 1815, the colony became a kingdom and the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves was created. In 1822, it became an independent country and in 1889, it became a presidential republic. It's current president is Jair Bolsonaro.

StatesEdit

North RegionEdit

  • Acre
  • Amapà
  • Amazonas: The state where the 1997 film Anaconda is set in.
  • Para
  • Rondonia
  • Roraima
  • Tocantins

Northeast RegionEdit

  • Alagoas
  • Bahia
  • Ceara
  • Maranhao
  • Paraiba
  • Pernambuco
  • Piau
  • Rio Grande do Norte
  • Sergipe

Central-West RegionEdit

  • Federal District
  • Goias
  • Mato Grosso
  • Mato Grosso do Sul

Southeast RegionEdit

  • Espirito Santo
  • Minas Gerais
  • Rio de Janeiro: The state where actresses Jennifer O'Neill and Jossara Jinaro were born.
  • São Paulo: The state where actor Tino Bianchi was born

South RegionEdit

  • Parana
  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Santa Catarina

Major CitiesEdit

  • Brasília
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Salvador
  • São Paulo
  • Fortazela
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Manaus
  • Curitiba
  • Recife
  • Porto Alegre

Race and EthnicityEdit

According to the 2010 Census, 48% (around 91 million) of the population happen to be or identify as white. The majority of white Brazilians are descended from the Portuguese settlers who colonized their country in the late 15th century.

ReligionEdit

Chrisitanity is the largest religion in Brazil, with Roman Catholics being the main adherents and with 65% of the population. Religion in Brazil was formed from the meeting of the Catholic Church with the religious traditions of African slaves and indigenous tribes. The famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most recognized religious statues worldwide. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Sao Paulo is the largest Catholic Church in the world besides St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

The secondary adherents are Protestants. Protestantism has a community that has grown to include over 22% of the population while other Christian denominations have communities that have grown to include over 1% of the population. Evangelical and Pentecostal are the most ordinary Protestant denominations in Brazil. Places with great proportions of Irreligious inhabitants in Brazil include Salvador, Porto Velho, and Boa Vista.

2% of the population practice Spiritsm, a religion founded by French educator Allan Kardec which incorporates elements of spiritualism and Christianity.

Films that take place in BrazilEdit

PeopleEdit

Characters from BrazilEdit

People who were born in BrazilEdit

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