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Brazil - The Carnival Country

Brazil, the land of carnivals, is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world. It shares a border with Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Columbia, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, that is, with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile. Derived from the word brazilwood, which means timber tree, Brazil has evolved itself through centuries to compete in the race for development.

Brazil is a land of immense natural beauty - white-sand beaches lined with palm trees, a long coastline dotted with tropical islands, majestic waterfalls, red-rock canyons, and crystal-clear rivers. Arguably, the most famous natural attractions of Brazil are the Amazon and the Parana rivers, the pair hosting some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.

Brazil is a democratic republic, with a presidential system. The President is both head of state and head og government of the Union. Brazil is an “indissoluble union” of three distinct political entities: the States, the Municipalities and the Federal District.

Sprawling across half the continent of South America, Brazil has of a population over 190 million people. Brazil\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s inhabitants are descendants of a mixture of people. Portuguese colonizers mixed with the native Indians and African slaves. Dutch and French colonization also took place in the Northeast. In the 19th century, waves of German, Italian, Polish and Japanese immigrants added new elements to the mixture, perhaps making Brazilians one of the most racially mixed peoples in the world.

Portuguese is the national language, but Brazilian Portuguese is very different in accent and intonation from the language spoken in Portugal or in other former Portuguese colonies. Brazil also boasts of 108 other indigenous languages. Brasilia is the capital of Brazil. Some of the world’s most famous cities, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte are thriving within the borders of Brazil.

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In 1940 Brazil began a new phase characterized by industrial development. At the same time, agricultural technology advanced giving further impetus to the industrial surge and accelerating financial expansion. Over the past three decades economic reforms have given the country new international recognition. The 1990 economic reforms have brought about stability into the country finances and its national debt is now under control. Reforms have included the launch of a new currency (the real) to manage the inflation..

With a diversified middle income economy, Brazil largest industries are distributed in the south and the south east. New investments are now being targeted in the North East. Brazil is a major exporter of products such as aircraft, electrical equipment, automobiles, ethanol, textiles,footwear, iron ore, steel, coffee, orange juice, soybeans and corned beef. The country has been expanding its presence in international financial and commodities markets, and is one of a group of four emerging economies called the BRIC countries.

Brazil is a founding member of the United Nations, the G20, CPLP, Latin Union, the Organization of Ibero-American States, Mercosul and the Union of South American Nations. It is a land of opportunities with possibilities of investment at many levels. Boasting of a vibrant real estate market, Brazil is proving itself to be a promising contender for investment and residency purposes among the developing countries of the world.