Brazil

The land that is Brazil.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. Its border touches the majority of South American countries. Its Atlantic coastline covers some 4,500 miles of gorgeous tropical beaches.

Besides its mountain ranges, the majority of Brazil is dominated by the Amazon Basin and the country's Central Highlands region. The basin includes the Amazon River, by volume the largest river in the world and quite possibly the longest. Brazil's Central Highlands cover most of the southeastern part of the country. This high plateau drops off dramatically at the Atlantic Ocean, creating an escarpment that appears as a giant wall.

Brazil is a good all year rounder cause winter lasts for only three months from June to August with an average temperature of 55-64 degrees F and the average summer temperature is 86-104 degrees F. Rainfall averages approximately 80 inches annually with the wettest months at the mouth of the Amazon River occurring between December and May.

People of Brazil

The population of Brazil is approximately 190 million, with a ratio of men to women of 0.95:1 and 83.75% of the population defined as urban. The population is heavily concentrated in the Southeastern (80 million) and Northeastern (54 million) regions, while the two most extensive regions, the Center-West and the North, which together make up two thirds of the Brazilian territory, have a total of only 29.1 million inhabitants.

Four large groups of people have contributed to Brazilian society's unique and complex racial mix: the Portuguese, Indians, Africans, and immigrants. Brazilian society is more markedly divided by social class lines than most other countries.

In essence, Brazil is a Roman Catholic country; in fact it is the largest on earth in terms of population (and the second largest Christian country in the world). However, it is also a country in which many people also practice a second religion.

Brazils goverment

Brazil is a federal republic that achieved independence from Portugal in 1822 and became a republic in 1889. The Federative Republic of Brazil (Republica Federativa do Brasil) has a multiparty political system. The powers of the federal legislature are independent of the executive branch. Executive power is vested in the president, who is directly elected to serve a renewable four-year term. A vice president is elected on the same ticket as the president. The legislative branch consists of an 81-member Federal Senate and a 513-member Chamber of Deputies. The judicial system is supervised by the Supreme Federal Court and includes federal appeal, military, electoral, labor, and state tribunals. Judges are appointed for life and may not engage in any other form of employment.

Places to go

Ouro Preto
One of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial towns, Ouro Preto, meaning “black gold”, was founded at the end of the 17th century.

Iguacu Falls
One of the great natural wonders of the world, Iguacu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped with a height of 82 meter (269 ft).

Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. Located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain, it provides a sweeping panorama from the interior of Guanabara bay to the north, to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas to the south.

US compatibility - B+

Brazil is a country that is similar to the US. Brazil has a very similar government setup. Most of the country is dominated by the rain forest which the US has nothing of. But most of the people live on the highlands and along the coast. These areas are very modern and the people are diverse.