18 Country Facts on Brazil


  1. Brazil holds about 60% of the Amazon Rainforest, or 234,000,000,0000 individual trees.
  2. Brazil only has 3 timezones, despite having an area of 3.288 million square miles (8.5 million square km).
  3. 86% of Brazil’s 207 million residents live in urban areas.
  4. Brazil has about 4,000 airports, which is the 2nd most in the world behind the United States (~13,000 airports).
  5. Between 1942 and 1994, Brazil changed their national currency 8 times.
  6. Brazil is almost equally as long as it is wide. The nation is 2,731 mi (4,395 kilometers) from north to south and is  2,684 mi (4,319 kilometers) from east to west.
  7. Brazil takes up almost half (47.3%) of the total area of South America.
  8. Prisoners in Brazil can reduce their sentences by reading books and writing reports on them.  
  9. Brazil borders 10 other countries: Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Colombia.
  10. There is a Brazilian Island called Snake Island that is banned from entry from civilians due to the overwhelming population of venomous snakes.
  11. Brazil has the lowest literacy rate of any South American country at 92.9%
  12. The Brazilian national motto is Ordem e Progresso, meaning “Order and Progress.”
  13. Brazil is the only country in the world that has both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn running through it directly.
  14. The country has as many as 6 major climate subtypes: oceanic, subtropical, tropical, semiarid, desert, and equatorial. 
  15. Brazil is ranked 8th in the world for its GDP as of 2018.
  16. For the last 150 years, Brazil has been the worlds biggest coffee producer
  17. The beaches in Rio de Janeiro have 1.7 million times the disease-causing viruses of what would be considered hazardous on a US beach.
  18. 1/2 of the cities in the world with the highest homicide rates are in Brazil.

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