Brazil

Brazil Capital: Brasilia
Official Language: Portuguese
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Introducing Brazil...

Blumenau – The Brazilian Oktoberfest CityBrazil is the biggest country in Latin America and the only one that has Portuguese as its official language. According to history, the country was a colony of Portugal for many years (around 300 years) and the first Brazilian emperor was actually the son of the Portuguese emperor. Hence, there were no bloody fights for our independency.

Also Brazil is historically considered as a refugee center, receiving several immigration waves in the course of its existence, especially after its independence in 1822.  From Europe, immigrants were mostly Portuguese, Italians, Germans, Polish, Ukrainians and Austrians. Later on, the Japanese immigration in the beginning of the 20th century also contributed significantly to shape the face of the Brazilian population. In short, this land is a trully melting pot posed of Asians, Africans (brought by the Portuguese during the slavery age), Caucasians and Amerindians (Native population).

Brasilia - Brazilians CapitalOur culture is based on our diversity. So it’s really hard to define a national identity, more likely, it’s easy to define local culture identities. Since Brazil is so big, you can find almost anything when it comes to geographical differences. In the north for instance we have a tropical temperatures throughout the year, where as in the south it snows in the winter.

Differently than most people think, Buenos Aires is not the capital of Brazil. Nor is Rio de Janeiro, at least not anymore (1726- 1960). In fact, our capital “Brasília” is a brand new city, which was strategically placed in the center of the country and its shape resembles an airplane (see google maps).  It was designed by a famous architecture "Oscar Niemeyer" and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

One impressive fact about Brazil is the extent of the Portuguese language, which is spoken by everyone in the country, corresponding to half of the South American population. So if you learn Portuguese, you can talk to 100% of the Brazilians and half part of the continent.

Gastronomy

Rio de JaneiroThe Brazilian gastronomy is fantastic, and as well as it’s culture varies a lot from region to region. There are a few dishes that were initially local but became national prides. One of then is the famous “Pão de Queijo”, which is a bread made out of a special cheese, and it comes originally from Minas Gerais state, located right above the São Paulo state.

Another important dish is the “Feijoada”. Actually it is a very strong dish made of black Brazilian beans and different kinds of pork meat. It’s delicious, but you better not eat it before going to bed, some nasty dreams might follow you.

The third dish worth tasting is called “Brigadeiro: A well known desert made of chocolate. It’s extremely sweet and widely served on Birthdays’ parties.

Studying in BrazilBridge “Octávio Frias de Oliveira” in São Paulo City

Basically, there are public and private colleges and universities in Brazil. The public institutions maintained by the Federal government (the majority), by the States (a few) and by municipalities (very few). The tuition in public institutions is entirely free to the students.

USP (University of São Paulo) is known as the largest institution of higher education in South America with approximately 75,000 enrolled students ranked as the 42th in the world.

What else?

Florianópolis - "Silicon Island"Brazil is known by two things: CARNIVAL and FOOTBALL. Yes, that is true, our girls are simply beautiful, and we have the best football players in the. world But don’t get it wrong, we don’t dance or play football everyday. Just on weekends!

In short, Brazil is a country of diversity: Mega-biodiversity, different climates, foods, races and cultures. Yet, besides the passion for football and carnival: the positive attitude towards life, and a strong will to overcome any difficulties are important traits of the Brazilian population. Recently, the country has experienced economic prosperity in a wide varied of fields and most importantly, the country has finally overcome decades of hyperinflation and is currently striving to combat corruption and social inequality.