Brazil is located in South America, and is the fifth largest country of the world. Brazil borders all the countries in South America except Chile and Ecuador. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Its tropical climate and vast natural resources combine to make Brazil’s agricultural industry very strong. Another benefit of Brazil’s location and tropical climate is its strong tourism industry, which also includes ecotourism.
Population: 205.8 million
Ethnic Groups: White (47.7%), Mulatto (mixed White and Black) (43.1%), Black (7.6%), Asian (1.1%), Indigenous (0.4%)
Languages: Portuguese (Official)
Religions: Roman Catholic (64.6%), other Catholic (0.4%), Protestant (22.2%), other Christian (0.7%), Spiritist (2.2%), Other (1.4%), None (8%), Unspecified (0.4%)
CIA: The World Factbook — Last Updated June 15, 2017
Brazilians in Canada
Brazilian Population in Canada
Brazil was under authoritarian military rule from 1964 until multiparty democracy was restored in 1985. The military rule left behind inefficient bureaucracies and social inequality, but more robust economic policies since then have helped Brazil. The massive gap between the rich and poor continues to exist, but has become smaller. Transparency and accountability are increasing as corruption and cronyism have been tackled aggressively. Brazil is home to a large Christian majority, most of whom identify as Catholic. Also present in the country are Afro-Brazilian religions such as Umbanda, which is a rapidly growing sect. All of Brazil’s religious groups co-exist peacefully; there is freedom of religion and separation of church and state.
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