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Official Language: Portuguese
System of Government: A Republic with a multiparty political system and Democratic elections.
Area: 3,286,470 miles
Population: 170 million
Geography: Occupies the East-Central South America, nearly 50% of the South American Continent
Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, and the fifth largest in the world [behind the Russian Federation, Canada, China, and the United States].
The Equator passes through the north of the country near Macapá; the Tropic of Capricorn passes through the south near São Paulo. Brazil's greatest width, 2,684 miles (4,319.4 km), is almost the same as its greatest distance from north to south, 2,731 miles (4,394.7 km).
Brazil has 10 neighbors: the Department of French Guiana and the countries of Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia bound Brazil on the north. Uruguay and Argentina are on the south, and on the west are Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru. Ecuador and Chile are the only two countries of continental South America that do not share a border with Brazil. The Atlantic Ocean extends along the entire eastern side of the country, giving it a coastline of 4,578 miles (7,367 km).
Land Use: 58% is Forest, 22% is Pasture, 6% is Crop, 14% is Other
Largest Cities: Sao Paulo [10.4 million], Rio de Janeiro [5.8 million], Salvador [2.4 million], Belo Horizonte [2.2 million], Brasilia [2 million], Recife [1.4 million]
Population: 80% live in Urban, 20% in rural
Money: Official currency is the Real, divides into 100 Centavos.
The Name of the Country comes from a Brazilian tree, the Pau-Brasil tree or "Brazil-wood" which was explored heavily by the indigenous population and the colonisers for the extraction of red pigment.
Main Products: aircraft, bauxite, beef, cellulose, cereals, etc.
Brazil: [Reverse of those in the U.S. and Europe]
Forest: located in Brazil, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru
Areas in Brazil:
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