Brazil Fun & Facts

Brazil Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world.
  • Brazil has the 2nd highest number of airports in the world, after the U.S.
  • Sex change surgeries are free under Brazil's public health system since 2008.
  • Brazil occupies 47.3% of South America and borders all other countries except Ecuador and Chile.
  • Brazil is defined as a "federal republic" composed of the Federal District, 26 states, and 5,570 municipalities.
  • Almost 20% of Rio de Janeiro’s males are gay or bisexual.
  • Brazil's economy is the world's 7th-largest by GDP as of 2015.
  • 92% of all new sold cars in Brazil use ethanol as fuel, which is produced from sugar cane.
  • Brazil has been the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.
  • The largest population of Catholics in the world is not in Italy nor Spain. It's in Brazil: 123 million, 64% of its population.
  • Brazil is the world's first country to ban tanning beds.
  • 35% of men from rural Brazil have had sex with an animal, a study found.
  • Apple's iPhone is almost twice more expensive in Brazil than in the U.S.
  • Brazil's Capital, Brasilia, looks like an aeroplane from above.
  • Brazil once tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay.
  • Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of Portugal, making it the only European capital outside of Europe.
  • The biggest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil.
  • Rio de Janeiro means "January River" and it was called that by mistake. A Portuguese explorer thought the bay was the mouth of a river.
  • The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be the first time a South American country has the right to host them.
  • There's an underground river 4 KM (2.4 mi) beneath the Amazon River in Brazil, that might be as long, but hundreds of times wider.
  • There's a colony in Brazil founded by 2,000 to 4,000 Confederate refugees who left the U.S. after losing the Civil War.
  • About 4 million slaves were taken from Africa to Brazil, about 40% of all in the Americas.
  • Voting is mandatory in Brazil.
  • Brazil distributes women's breast milk around the country to babies whose mothers can't provide it for them.
  • Brazil was the only independent South American country to send ground troops to fight in WWII, with over 25,000 soldiers.
  • In 2010, a clown called "Tiririca" announced he would run for Congress in Brazil. He became the most-voted-for congressman of the election.
  • Brazil's government spent US$53 million in public funds for Pope Francis’ visit of 2013.
  • The Bororo people of Brazil are one of the few groups of people where all have the same blood type: "O".
  • In 2013, the world's 7th richest person, Brazilian Eike Batista, lost his US$30 billion fortune and now owes US$1 billion.
  • In Brazil, just 43% of adults have a high-school degree. In Sweden, it's 87%.
  • Replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been erected in Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil and even China.
  • The revolution that transformed Brazil into a republic was so uneventful that the few witnesses present didn't know it happened and the dethroned Emperor didn't even care.
  • The Earth's magnetic field has been steadily weakening over the past 180 years, specially around Brazil and Argentina.
  • There's an Island in Brazil where civilians are forbidden to go: it has up to 5 snakes per square meter.
  • When the World Cup was hosted in the U.S. in 1994, they only spent US$30 million on infrastructure improvements. For the 2014 World Cup, Brazil spent US$11 billion.
  • The main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil. It's Bolivia.
  • There's a 10,000-seat replica of Solomon's Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Rio de Janeiro's beaches have 1.7 million times the disease-causing viruses of what would be considered hazardous on a California beach.
  • There's a prison in Brazil that allows inmates to pedal stationary bicycles, providing electricity to a nearby city in exchange for reduced sentences.
  • Half of the top 20 cities in the world with the highest murder rates are in Brazil.
  • There's a city in Brazil called "Nao-Me-Toque" meaning "Don't Touch Me."
  • 3 of the 5 wealthiest people in Brazil got rich off beer.
  • 15,000 billboards were taken down in 2006 when Sao Paulo, Brazil, banned outdoor advertising.
  • Indonesia has the world's highest rate of deforestation, with Brazil as a close second.
  • 8 of the 12 host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world.
  • Brazilian prisoners can reduce their sentence by 4 days for every book they read and write a report on.
  • Brazilian athletes funded their trip to the 1932 Olympics by selling coffee along the way.
  • In 1958, a rhinoceros was a candidate in the city council elections in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • While most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil (60%), it's also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
  • The largest free rock concert ever had 4.2 million people. It was held by Rod Stewart in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.