Live and Invest in Brazil


Super-cheap Beachfronts and Sound Economics.

BrazilRioIf you’re in the market for cheap beachfront property, this is the place to shop. Crime is the country’s biggest drawback, but south from Ceara to Natal, you can enjoy super-cheap coastal buys in safety.

Brazil is self-sufficient for fuel and making a continued big push for bio-fuel (from cane), even passing legislation requiring car manufacturers to modify vehicles to run on it.

Furthermore, Brazil stands out as unique in this part of the world. It has managed to maintain a socialist government while sticking to sound 21st-century business and economic policies. One of our editors’ top picks both for lifestyle and investment in 2008.

Note that Americans need a visa to visit Brazil.


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Brazil at a Glance

Population198,739,269 (July 2010)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)$2.013 trillion (2009)
GDP Per Capita$10,100 (2009)
Inflation Rate4.2% (2009)
CurrencyBrazilian Real (BRL)
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar2.03 reals = 1 U.S. dollar (2009)
LanguagePortuguese (official)
Population of Capital City2.55 million (2008)
Time ZoneGMT minus 3
SeasonsTropical–wet, warm/hot year-round.
Southern tip: temperate with four seasons
International Dialing Code55
Electricity110/220V / 60 Hz; Plug Types: A & B (U.S. style), C
System of GovernmentFederal Presidential Republic
Name and Party Affiliation
of Current Leader
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Worker’s Party
Income Tax Rate for Residents7.5% to 27.5% (2010)
Property Tax0.5% to 4%

Capital Gains Tax15% 
Inheritance Tax8%
Rental Income Tax15%
Transfer Taxvariable depending on location (in São Paolo it is between 0.5% and 2%)
Sales Tax17% to 25%
Restrictions on Foreign
Ownership of Property
Local Chamber of Commerce

SBN-Quadra 01-Bloco C- Ed. Roberto Simonsen

Tel: +55-61- 3317-9989

American Chamber of
Praça Pio X nº 15 / 5º andar
Candelária, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 55 (21) 3213-9200
Primary ExportsTransport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos
Residency and Visa RequirementsTourist Visa: It needs to be acquired at a Brazilian Embassy/Consulate
Residency: Businessman/Professional, Entreprenuer,Investor, Retiree, and High-Level Specialist visas
Citizenship: uninterrupted residency of 15 years and clean criminal record; Investor Visa holders can apply after 4 years of residency
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or Retireesnone
National AirlineVARIG
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