• Officially: Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Capital: Brasilia


  • Population: 208 million
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 79 years (women)
  • Currency: real


  • The largest country in South America by area.
    • With an area of 8.55million sq km (3.3million sq miles)
    • Brazil occupies about the 50% of the total mainland area of South America.
    • Most of the Amazon lies within Brazil.
  • Largest city: Sao Paulo


  • Brazil is the most visited South American country.
  • Brazil was perhaps South America’s most influential country, and rising economic power.
    • The country had made major strides in its efforts to raise millions out of poverty, although the gap between rich and poor remains wide.
    • Lately, the nation is suffering from soaring crime, a dying economy, and entrenched political corruption.
  • A former Portuguese colony, where Portuguese is the main language.
    • Brazil has a highly diverse population, including indigenous Americans and the descendants of African slaves and European settlers.
  • With a population of 208 million, over 52% of the South Americans live in Brazil.
    • Brazil is the world’s fifth most populous country.
  • Main religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 79 years (women)
  • Currency: Real


  • As of June 17, 2019, Canadian, Australian, Japanese, and American (possibly others) passport holders entering Brazil for tourism, transit, or business will no longer need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.


  • Drive on the right
  • No Carnet de Passage required


Brazil’s World Ranking 2018

  • Innovation capability: 40th
  • Life expectancy: 72nd
  • Judicial independence: 79th
  • Freedom of the press: 83rd
  • Property rights: 92nd
  • Reliability of police services: 111th
  • Roads quality: 112th
  • Quality of vocational training: 121st



This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet