Country name: Federative Republic of Brazil (Brazil is South America’s most influential country and one of the world’s biggest democracies)

  • Population: 196.6 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital: Brasilia
  • Largest City: Sao Paolo
  • Area: 8.55 million square miles
  • Major language: Portuguese
  • Major Religion: Christianity
  • Currency: 1 real = 100 centavos
  • Main exports: manufactured goods, iron ore, coffee, oranges and agricultural products
  • Internet domain: .br
  • International dailling code: +55
  • Climate: The climate in Rio de Janeiro (one of Brazil’s biggest cities) is at its most pleasant from December to March (the peak tourist season)

Other cool things that Lewis the Lion has discovered about Brazil are:

  • Most of the Amazon Rainforest is in Brazil and this an important habitat for many of the world’s plants and animals
  • The Football World Cup will take place in Brazil in 2014
  • The Olympic and Paralympics will take place in Brazil in 2016
  • The country’s government are making rapid progress in reducing the gap between the rich and the poor. However, many people still live in poverty in places called favelas (shanty towns). Lewis visited one of South America’s biggest favelas in Rio de Janeiro called Rocinha. He’ll tell you more about it in his blog!

For more information on the Brazil go to the BBC website




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