We are now several days in to the 2014 World Cup that is taking place in the beautiful Brazil. Here are a few facts about this incredible country.
By both population and geographical area, Brazil is the world’s fifth largest country. There are almost 201 million people living there and the country is 3,287,597 square miles. Brazil borders every other South American country, apart from Ecuador and Chile.
The world’s best beach, according to Trip Advisor, is in Brazil. Baia do Sancho is made up of 21 islands and has green and hawksbill turtles, whales, sharks, parrotfish and clownfish.
The moto of Brazil is ‘Ordem e Progresso’ – order and progress.
Brasilia looks like an aeroplane from above.
The highest mountain in Brazil is the Pico da Neblina (Mist Peak). This is on the border with Venezuela and is 9,823 feet above sea level. Incredibly, it was not discovered until the 1950s (and was first climbed in 1965) as it is almost permanently covered in cloud.
Sao Paulo has some of the world’s worst traffic jams – on 15 November 2013, there were 309km of queues in the city during the rush hour.
The Amazon River is the world’s largest river. During the wet season, the river can be up to 30 miles wide. Every second, thousands and thousands of cubic metres of water flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
Brasilia took 41 months to build. It is now the capital of Brazil but Rio was the capital for 197 years before this.
Shanty towns are known as favelas in Brazil. Tours of these have become popular. Santa Marta in Rio is famous for its colour and has been visited by Madonna and Beyonce.
For over 150 years, Brazil has been the largest exporter of coffee.
Many public buildings in Brazil were designed by Oscar Niemeyer – one of the most famous of these is the Cathedral of Brasilia.
Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee and has been for over 150 years.
Shanty towns are known as favelas in Brazil. One of the most famous is Santa Marta in Rio – it has been visited by many famous figures, including Madonna and Beyonce.
Sao Paulo has some of the worst traffic jams in the world – 309km of traffic jams around the city were recorded on 15th November 2013.
The Amazon River is the largest river in the world. During the wet season, the river is up to 30 miles wide.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer weighs 635 tonnes and is 38 metres high. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, along with the Giza Necropolis, the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.
Brazil has more airports than any other country apart from the United States of America. It has more than 4000 airports!
There are more than 65 tribes in the Amazon that have never made contact with the outside world.
One of the world’s largest waterfalls is found in the Iguacu National Park. This waterfall is 1.7 miles wide and has 275 drops. Iguacu National Park is home to many creatures, including the giant anteater and the giant otter. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Approximately 6 million tourists visit Brazil each year. This is actually one of the fewest of any country in the world as a percentage of its total population. Half of these tourists visit Rio.
Brazil has a total of four million plant and animal species, making is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries.
Brazil has more species of monkey than any other country.
Rio de Janeiro’s famous Carnival attracts around 2 million revellers every day.
One of the world’s most poisonous spiders, the Brazilian Wandering Spider, is found in Brazil.
Brazil has three time zones.
Brazil has won the football world cup a record five times.
Brazil is the longest country in the world – it is 2800 miles long via land.
Caipirinha is the national drink of Brazil.
The world’s widest road is the Monumental Axis in Brazil. Here, 160 cars can drive side by side!
Brazil shares a border with all South American countries except for Chile and Ecuador.
Brazil is home to the world’s largest wetland – the Pantanal. This patchwork of flooded lagoons and small islands is home to giant anacondas and huge guinea pig relatives called capybaras.