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Welcome to Kids' Corner - Brazil 

 Brazil is famous for its soccer, its carnivals, the Amazon River and the rainforest. It is an enormously varied country. In fact, Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, the US, and China. With an area of 8.5 million square kilometers (how many square miles?), Brazil is larger than the lower 48 US states.                                          

The imaginary line that divides the globe into two hemispheres - the equator - crosses the country, but most of its territory is in the southern hemisphere.

 

Brazil lies on the eastern side of South America, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Andes Mountains on the west.

 

Brazil has borders with nearly all other South American countries, except two. Can you name them?

The language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese. People living in the rest of South America speak Spanish, except for those in three countries: Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana - they speak English, Dutch, and French, respectively.

I suppose that you are curious about how Brazil come to speak Portuguese. Click here to know.

Brazil is a Republic along the same lines as the US, with an Executive, Legislative, Judicial branches of government. The President is elected directly by popular vote and voting is obligatory. In 2002, 60 million Brazilians voted for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the current president.

 

 

 

Brazil has 26 states and one Federal District, where Brasília, the capital is located.


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