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Brazil: An Overview
~Brazil is located in South America and borders the Atlantic Ocean.
~This country is very hot and humid with more than two times the amount of rainfall as the USA every year.
~The entire country has a tropical climate except for the temperate climate in the south.
~Two beautiful spots in Brazil are the Central Plateau and the Fernando de Noronha.
Most of Brazil is surrounded by water.
It's highest elevation is just below 10,000 feet.
Even though Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, Brasilia is the capital city.
~The only language in Brazil is Portuguese. It is also the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.
~There are many norms in Brazil;
*It is normal (and sometimes encouraged) to be interrupted.
*Instead of sliding their eyes away from a stranger, they make brief eye contact.
*In Brazil (strangely) sucking your thumb means that they feel left out.
*Unlike in the USA, 18 is the age at which they can drink and smoke legally.
Understanding Brazil Continued...
~While the USA has understandable taboos, Brazil has taboos that we'd believe are strange;
*They are not allowed to wear clothes that have not been ironed properly.
*It is inappropriate to ask for food to be boxed and saved at a restaurant.
*And last (but certainly the most interesting,) they are not allowed to answer honestly when asked how they like a gift that someone has given them.
~The Brazilians have values that are similar to our own;
*They must bring a gift for the hostess if whichever party/ gathering they attend.
*Unlike many Americans, the Brazilians must be early for events or dinners.
*Instead of the usual smile, nod, or hug, women from Brazil kiss each other on each cheek once in greeting or departure.
Brazil is known mostly for their production of coffee. They are the leading producer of coffee beans in the world.
Brazil contains over 60% of the Amazon River.
It is rather odd, the name "real" for a currency. It is equal to one third of the American dollar.
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