Denis Foynes – Would you like to impress your friends with interesting facts from around the globe? Live and Invest Overseas News can help.
This is the series in which each week you can read ten facts about one of our destinations. This week we have beautiful Brazil.
Here are ten facts about Brazil
1.Brazil’s population is almost 200 million, making it the country with the fifth largest population in the world. The country has 13 cities with over a million residents.
2. The most common last name in Brazil is Silva. Along with being very common in Portugal, Silva was also given to thousands of slaves transported into the country in colonial times.
3. The colors of the Brazilian flag all represent different things in the country,
The green represents the tropical forests and rainforests.
The yellow represents the country’s gold.
The blue represents the country’s blue skies.
4. One of the Seven Wonders Of The World is located is Brazil. The Christ Redeemer statue is located in Rio De Janeiro.
5. Brazil produces 25% of the world’s supply of coffee. There are many different styles and favors of coffee in the country due to the differences in soils, species and varieties, climate, and cultivation techniques in each region.
6. Carnival in Brazil is the most popular festival. Carnival occurs on a different date every year, roughly about 40 days before Easter. Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Brazil to party in this sensation carnival.
7. Contrary to most Latin American countries, most Brazilians don’t marry until their late twenties.
8. It is the country with the most isolated peoples in the world – peoples who live, whether by choice or circumstance, without noteworthy contact with globalized civilization. This is one of the reasons why there are 180 indigenous languages in the country.
9. Voting in the elections is obligatory in Brazil; everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 has to vote by law.
10. The longest traffic jam in the world arose on May 9, 2008 in São Paulo and stretched 165 miles. Traffic jams cost the city of São Paulo over US$2.3 billion each year.