Interesting Facts to Read before Moving to Brazil
Are you planning on moving? Did you already choose the country that is going to be your next home? In either case you should read this article in which we will reveal a lot of interesting facts about Brazil, and maybe you will realize that it is the right country for you! But first, here are some basic facts about Brazil that you should read before moving on to anything else:
Brazil got its name from a tree called “Brazilwood” and Brazil actually means red like amber. It is the largest country in South America and in the Southern Hemisphere and it is the fifth largest state in the world. It has more than eight and a half million square kilometers of land (around 3.3 million square miles), and it is just behind China, which is number four on the list. The full, official name of the country is “República Federativa do Brasil” or in English- Federative Republic of Brazil. It is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese, it is actually the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world (there is no Brazilian; however there are a lot of dialects of Portuguese that are spoken there and specific for that area so you can probably tell when someone is speaking “Brazilian” Portuguese). It has more than two hundred million people living in it, which places it also on the fifth place on the list of largest countries by population, and it is behind Indonesia which has 261 million residents. Therefore and it covers three time zones. Here are some of the more interesting facts about this incredible country.
- According to some travel sites and a lot of the travelers, one of the world’s best beaches, if not the best, is none other than Baia do Sancho, in Brazil. It’s located in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, a little more than an hour away from Natal by plane. Besides from the amazing nature and picturesque views you can also see a lot of various and stunning animals here, such as sharks, whales, green and hawksbill turtles, parrotfish, clownfish, anemones and so on.
- The Macaw (bird) is the national animal of Brazil.
- The motto of Brazil is “Ordem e Progresso”, which actually means order and progress.
- The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia, wasn’t always the capital. Actually Rio was the capital for almost two hundred years. It took them almost three and a half years to build it, and then it took over the title from Rio. If you look at it from the air, Brasilia actually has the shape of an airplane.
- For more than fifty years, Brazil has been the leading country when it comes to the world’s largest exporters of coffee. In 1920s it actually supplied around eighty per cent of the world’s coffee, now they only supply a third of that, however that is still a significant number.
- The national dish in Brazil is a dish called “feijoada”, which is a black bean stew with meat (dried, salted, and smoked).
- The cowboys in Brazil are called “gauchos” and they mostly live in the southern part of Brazil, in Rio Grande do Sul.
- Brazil actually has more than four and a half thousand miles of coastline, which is around seven and a half thousand kilometers, which makes it the 16th longest national coastline in the entire world.
- Make sure to visit their “favelas”, or shanty towns which have recently become popular tourist attractions. You may even meet some celebrities in some of the more popular ones, such as the colorful Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro, which has already been visited by Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Madonna and many more.
- After the United States of America, Brazil has the 2nd highest number of airports in the world. It has more than four thousand airports in total.
- The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer which is located in Rio de Janeiro is almost forty meters high (including the pedestal). It was named one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” a decade ago (in 2007), however unfortunately a lightning strike caused some damage to it in 2014.
- There are at least 70 tribes living in the Brazilian Amazon, which is a pretty amazing indicator of Brazil’s wonderful nature and wildlife and living conditions out there. But not only that, Brazil has as much as 20 Unesco World Heritage Sites such as the Pampulha Modern Ensemble or the Iguacu National Park, which is a home to one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in the world (1.7 miles wide and with a total of 275 drops). The park is also inhabited by a couple of rare and endangered species such as the giant otter and the giant anteater.
- Since 2008, Brazil’s public health system made sex change surgery not only available but also free for the people wishing to undergo it.