30+ Interesting Facts About Brazil

  1. Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America. It has an area of over 8.5 million square km and a population of more than 210 million. It is also the 5th largest country (by area and population) in the world.
  2. Brazil hosts the highest number of uncontacted tribes in the world. According to estimates, more than 100 uncontacted tribes still exist on earth. At least 67 of these are present in Brazil. (Source)
  3. Brazil is the place of the world’s biggest bank robbery. On 7th August 2005, robbers looted money equal to nearly $70 million from the Banco Central in Fortaleza. (Source)
  4. Equator and Tropic of Capricorn pass through Brazil. It is the only country with this geographical feature.
  5. Brazil was invaded last time in 1865 during Paraguayan War. The country has no unsolved disputes with any neighbors or other countries.
  6. Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. It is one of the three countries (along with Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe) with Portuguese as the native language of the majority population.
  7. Brazil remained part of the Portuguese Empire from 1500 to 1822. Therefore, it is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas. Almost the whole population (over 210 million) speaks Portuguese as its native language.
  8. Brazil is named after a tree of the same name. It is also the national tree of Brazil. The historical use of sap of the Brazil tree (pau brasil) was for dying clothes. Currently, the timber of this tree is used to prepare violins, cellos, and other string instruments. (Source)
  9. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery. It eradicated slavery in 1888.
  10. Brazil had strong economical and political links with Nazi Germany before World War 2. The biggest fascist party outside Europe was in Brazil with more than 40,000 members. (Source)
  11. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee. It has been holding this place since 1840. The country produces around 3 million metric tons of coffee annually, 30% of the total coffee production. (Source)
  12. Brazil is also the world’s largest producer of sugar. It gave rise to using ethanol as fuel to power automobiles in Brazil. (Source)
    White, brown and unrefined sugar
    Brazil is largest producer of sugar and other agricultural products

  13. Brazil also tops the list of the world’s largest orange producers and exporters. It produces 35 million tons of oranges every year.
  14. Brazil is 2nd on the list of the largest soybean-producing countries in the world. It is just behind the USA on this list. The South American country is the largest exporter of soybean. (Source)
  15. Brazil is the world’s 3rd largest producer of iron ore. It is behind China and Australia in iron ore production. (Source)
  16. Brazil has the highest volume of renewable freshwater resources in the world. About 12% of the world’s freshwater resources are present in Brazil. (Source)
  17. Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro organizes the world’s largest carnival in March every year. In 2004, around 400,000 foreign visitors participated in the Rio de Janeiro annual carnival. (Source)
  18. Brazil has the second-highest number of airports in the world. There are 4,093 airports in Brazil, just behind the USA. (Source)
  19. In 1877-78, Brazil was affected by its most devastating drought, known as Grande Seca (the Great Drought). More than 400,000 died out of the total 800,000 people present in the drought-affected area.
  20. Around 60% area of the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest rainforest, is located in Brazil. However, the country has lost nearly 18% of its rainforest in the last 40 years due to illegal logging, cattle grazing, and agriculture. 
  21. Monumental Axis in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, is the widest road in the world. This six-lane boulevard is 250 m (820.2 ft.) wide and has a length of 2.4 km (1.8 miles). (Source)
  22. Brazil has the highest number of black people outside Africa. The population of Afro-Brazilians is around 56 million. (Source)
  23. The highest numbers of Japanese living outside Japan are in Brazil. Out of 2.5 million Japanese living abroad, around 60% are present in Brazil. (Source)
  24. Brazil constitutes more than 47% area of South America. It shares borders with all other countries in the continent except Chile and Ecuador.
  25. Brazil has the highest number of endemic species in the world. There are more than 4,300 endemic species in this South American country. (Source) 
  26. An island in Brazil is known as “Snake Island” due to the abundance of dangerous snakes. Consequently, humans are not allowed to enter this island.
    A snake on leaves
    Snake Island in Brazil is full of venomous snakes

  27. Brazil also has the highest biodiversity on earth. The country has the most plant and amphibian species and 2nd most mammal species in the world. (Source)
  28. Brazil Navy is the only naval force in South America that operates an aircraft carrier. Only a limited number of countries have aircraft carriers.
  29. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil hosted Summer Olympics 2016 from the 5th to the 21st of August. These were the first Olympics to be hosted by any South American city. It was also the first Summer Olympics held in the winter season of the host country.
  30. Brazil's national (men’s) football team is considered one of the best football teams of all time. It has won FIFA World Cup 5 times (highest by any nation), the FIFA Confederations Cup 4 times, and Copa America 9 times.
  31. Around 65% population of Brazil is adherent to Roman Catholic Christianity. More than 126 million people of this faith make Brazil the largest Roman Catholic country in the world. (Source)
  32. Brazil receives the highest number of tourists in South America and the second highest in Latin America after Mexico. Amazon rainforest, Iguacu Falls, and sunny beaches are the main natural attractions in Brazil for tourists. (Source)
  33. Manaus is a modern city in Brazil, located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. It is the capital of Amazonas state, with a population of more than 2 million.


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