Last updated on April 3rd, 2017 at 06:40 am
Brazil is one of South America’s most diverse and fascinating countries. It is also the largest country on the South American continent (by both geographical area and population.) With these interesting facts about Brazil, let’s learn more about its history, economy, geography, rain forests, culture and more…
Interesting facts about Brazil
1. The country of Brazil occupies half of South America’s total landmass.
2. 4,600 miles of Brazil’s coastline lie on the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Brazil is void of deserts, high-mountain and arctic environments.
4. It contains a major portion of the Amazon River basin.
5. And it contains one third of Latin America’s population.
6. And it is among the world’s major economies.
7. Brazil was once ruled by the Portuguese.
8. The Portuguese established sugar plantations in Brazil during the 16th century.
9. Brazil’s first national parks were created in the late 1930s.
10. Brazil discovered gold for the first time in 1695, and furnished a large portion of the world’s gold reserve during the 18th century.
11. Brazilian prisoners can reduce their sentence by 4 days every month for every book they read and write a report about.
12. If you were to buy an Apple iPhone in Brazil, you would have to pay almost twice the price for the phone as if you had bought it in the United States.
13. Brazil once listed an aircraft carrier for sale on eBay.
Facts about the Brazilian economy, history and tourism
14. On January 1, 1502 the first official tourist arrived in Brazil. The bay where they landed was named Ria de Janeiro (Bay of January).
15. According to a report, 6 million tourists visit Brazil every year.
16. ‘Rubber’ made Brazil a wealthy nation during the late 18th century.
17. It occupies the ninth spot on the list of the most billionaires in the world.
18. Brazil spent US $11 billion for infrastructure improvement in preparation for hosting the 2014 World Cup. However, the U.S. spent only $30 million for the same job in 1994.
19. Due to financial crises in 1932, Brazilian athletes had to sell coffee on their way to the Los Angeles Olympics. The country has been the world’s largest exporter of coffee for 150 years.
20. Did you know Brazil became the first South American country ever to host the Olympics in 2016?
21. Brazil has a replica of the Statue of Liberty.
22. In areas around Brazil and Argentina, the earth’s magnetic field has been found to be weakening, specifically for the last 180 years.
23. An island in Brazil called Snake Island has up to 5 snakes per square meter. Civilians are not allowed to visit the island.
24. Sao Paulo is known for traffic jams. A record was set in 2013 when a 309 km long traffic queue developed during evening rush hour.
25. Brazil has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
26. There are more species of monkeys in Brazil than in any other nation.
27. The biggest African city outside Africa – Salvador – is in Brazil.
28. One of Henry Ford’s failed ventures (due to poor crop-disease control) was to create rubber plantations and factories in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon jungle.
29. Brazil has the tenth-largest railway and third-largest roadway network in the world.
30. Brazil became energy independent in 2006. Prior to this, it had imported oil as a primary energy source.