Brazil

By Devon Hawkins

The Area of Brazil



  • 3.288 million sq miles (8.516 million km²)

    Brazil, Area


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    Population of Brazil

    202,656,788 of people in Brazil (July 2014 est.)

    United is it population ?

    Brazil is divided in 26 states

    How well educated

    Literacy

    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 90.4%

    The Brazilian education level is considered low compared to developed countries, especially in public schools, despite its being high in many of their private counterparts.

    male: 90.1%

    female: 90.7% (2010 est.)

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    How large and well equipped is it armed forces?

    Brazil's armed forces are the largest in Latin America, with 371,199 active-duty troops and officers. Equipment :1.1 Main battle tanks; 1.2 Infantry fighting vehicles and Armored personnel carriers 3.3 Military Regions (Divisions); 3.4 Main units; 3.5 Airmobile Brigade; 3.6 Army Aviation .

    Physical features

    The physical features of Brazil include; The Amazon River, the Amazon rain forest, The Atlantic Ocean, The dry plains of North Eastern Brazil, The low plateaus of central Brazil and the Sao Francisco river. The latter feature is the longest river in Brazil.


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    How productive Is the enconomy

    My readers will probably find it unsurprising that Brazil does relatively poorly on productivity indicators. A 2006report by McKinsey Global Institute found that between 1995 and 2005 Brazil’s productivity grew only 0.3 percent per year, in contrast to 2.8 percent in the USand 8.4 percent in China. McKinsey assigns about one third of this sluggishness to Brazil’s development curve. The remaining two-thirds has to do with “macro-economic factors” (a rather catch-all variable), the fact that labor is cheap relative to capital, a large informal sector, complex regulation, and a weak infrastructure. But much of Brazil’s productivity gap also has to do with the country’s tariff and educational policies, and poor high tariffs provide Brazilian companies with protection from international competitors, giving them weak incentives to boost productivity. High tariff barriers increase the price of imports, allowing domestic firms to make up for low productivity by raising prices to meet or just beat the inflated price of imports. Imports in the most critical sectors tend to be about double the US price-tag: A car in the US that sells for US$30,000 costs about US$60,000 in Brazil, or more. I am constantly amazed that consumers are willing to get plowed with these kinds of tax-takes. Unsurprisingly, it is rare that you will find most Brazilian-made consumer durables, such as electronics, being sold outside of Brazil – they simply cannot compete.liticians would do well to pay greater heed to these factors.
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