Brazil is the world's fifth largest country, after the USSR,Canada
, China and the USA. With the exception of Chile and Ecuador, Brazil
borders every country in South America. It has an extension of 8.5 million
sq km, which is half the entire continent.
Brazil can be divided into a four regions. The long, narrow costal band;
the Planalto Brazileiro; and two great depressions, the Amazon basin
in the north and the Paraguay basin in the south.
Most of Brazil is sparcely populated. Most of the land in the Amazon basin and
the Mato Grosso was not completely explored by Eurpeans until this century.
Still new mountains, new rivers and new indian tribes are being discovered,
as the Amazon is settled and cleared.
Population & People: Brazil's population is above 135 miilion. It
is the sixth most populous nation in the world. However still Brazil is
one of the least densely populated nations in the world. The population
is concentrated more along the coastal strip and in the cities. The
Portuguese colonized Brazil through intermarrying with the indian
population and with African slaves. The Blacks and the Indians also
intermarried and the three races became mixed.
Religion: We can say that Brazil is a Catholic country. It has the
largest Catholic population of any country in the world. However Brazil
has other sects and religions.
Language: The official language is Portuguese. If youn speak
Spanish, they can understand, since both languages have some sounds
very similar. The Portuguese spoken in Brazil is different in
pronunciation and vocabulary from the original language spoken
Some words in English, Portuguese and Spanish:
Created on April 29, 1999