Brazil officially the Federative Republic of Brazil About this sound listen is the largest sovereign state in Latin America. A federal republic, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country, by both geographical area and total population.It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
20 Amazing & Unknown Facts about Brazil
1# Apple's iPhone is almost twice more expensive in Brazil than in the U.S.
2# Half of the top 20 cities in the world with the highest murder rates are in Brazil.
3# Rio de Janeiro means "January River" and it was called that by mistake. A Portuguese explorer thought the bay was the mouth of a river.
4# Rio de Janeiro's beaches have 1.7 million times the disease-causing viruses of what would be considered hazardous on a California beach.
5# Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal,making it the only European capital outside of Europe.
6# The Bororo people of Brazil are one of the few groups of people where all have the same blood type: "O"
7# The biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil.
8# About 4 million slaves were taken from Africa to Brazil, about 40% of all in the Americas.
9# Voting is mandatory in Brazil.
10# Brazil shares a border with nine countries – every South American country except Chile and Ecuador.
11# Sex change surgeries are free under Brazil's public health system since 2008.
12# Brazil was the only independent South American country to send ground troops to fight in WW2, with over 25,000 soldiers.
13# Brazil has the 2nd highest number of airports in the world, after the U.S.
14# In Brazil, just 43% of adults have a high-school degree. In Sweden, it's 87%.
15# There's an Island in Brazil where civilians are forbidden to go: it has up to 5 snakes per square meter.
16# Brazil distributes women's breast milk around the country to babies whose mothers can't provide it for them.
17# The Itaipu Dam, located on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, is the second largest hydroelectric producer in the world. The dam is 7.7 kilometers long and 196 meters high.
18# Brazil once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay.
19# 35% of men from rural Brazil have had sex with an animal, a study found.
20# Almost 20% of Rio de Janeiro's males are gay or bisexual.
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