Looking to boost your knowledge of this colourful South American country and be crowned the next pub quiz champion? Take a look at these 32 interesting facts about Brazil!
Brazil is a vast, biodiverse and wildlife-rich country in South America.
It is bordered by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana to the north, Uruguay to the south, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru to the west and Colombia to the northwest. It also has a coastline along the South Atlantic Ocean to the east.
If you’re looking for sun, sand and rainforest, head for Brazil! If you’re making your own way there you’ll need the coordinates 15.7833° S, 47.8667° W.
Flag of Brazil
The terrain here is mostly flat-to-rolling lowlands, with a few plains, hills and mountains – wonderful!
The total land area of Brazil is 3,300,169 square miles (8,547,403 square kilometres)…
That makes it the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world!
Brazil’s population was 209.5 million in 2018…
…that’s less than 2/3 of the USA population!
Residents here are known as Brazilians.
Contrary to what you might think, the capital is Brasília, not Rio de Janeiro; it covers an area of 2,240 square miles (5,802 square kilometres) and had a population of 4,155,000 in 2015.
It is said that Brasília looks like an aeroplane from above!
Brazilians enjoy a tropical climate in the west, north and east, with the south experiencing a temperate climate.
This vibrant country is home to the Amazon river, the world’s largest river by volume of water flow and in places, up to 30 miles wide!
Brazil features 4,093 airports, second to the USA which has a staggering 13,513!
Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is home to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the largest art deco statue in the world! Did you know you can get up close to the beautiful statue by taking a trip on the cable car?
Rio carnival, held each year in Rio de Janeiro, is considered to be the largest carnival in the world!
Apparently, Brazil has a total of 4 million plant and animal species, including monkeys, deer, anteaters, armadillos, anacondas, jaguars and pumas!
In 1928, Henry Ford created an industrial town in the Amazon rainforest called Fordlândia (Portuguese for Ford-Land), for the harvesting of rubber to use on his Ford motor vehicles!
Sugarloaf Mountain is a granite and quartz monolith and one of the most famous landmarks in the World. You’ll find it in Rio de Janeiro, rising to an impressive 396 meters from sea level. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.
Despite its location, the official language of Brazil is Portuguese, and is the only country in South America to speak this language.
If you fancy sampling some of the authentic coffee you’ll need to change your holiday money into Brazilian Real, the official currency here.
In Brazil the most common surname is Silva.
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Brazilians live for an average of 75.46 years (2017).
Brazil’s motto is ‘Order and Progress’, or ‘Ordem e Progresso’ in Portuguese.
Want to call your friends or family in Brazil? You’ll need to use the international dialling code, +55.
Brazil grows coffee, wheat, rice and soybeans; they also rear cattle.
Its industry consists of shoes, textiles, chemicals, lumber, cement and iron ore.
The main exports consist of coffee, transport equipment, footwear, iron ore and soybeans.
In fact, Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee!
Ponta Negra, Natal, Brazil
Bonus Brazil facts…
In recent years Brazil’s favelas – or shanty towns – have become popular tourist attractions. Rio de Janerio is home to the most famous – Santa Marta.
Including its offshore islands, Brazil is divided in to four time zones.
Do you know any interesting or fun facts about Brazil that we’ve missed? Share them here in the comments section below!