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Forming a massive triangle on the eastern side of South America, with nearly 7,500 kilometers of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil occupies over half of the South American continent. It is ranked the fifth largest country in the world, based on land area and has a population of more than 200 million.

1. Brazil’s name comes from a tree called brazilwood, which means “red like an ember”. It consists of 26 states and 1 federal district, which holds the nation’s capital, Brasilia. Brazil holds the largest lusophone population in the world. Lusophones are people who speak the Portuguese language.

2. The flag of Brazil consists of three colors, and 27 white stars. The green symbolizes the amazing tropical landscape of the country, since 60% of its area is covered by rainforests. The yellow rhombus signifies the mineral wealth of the country. The blue circle the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning when Brazil declared itself a republic (November 19,1889). The 27 stars represent the 26 federated states, plus the federated union. Inscribed across the flag is ORDEM E PROGRESSION (order and progression).

3. Coffee is an essential part of Brazil’s history and industry. Various kinds of coffee beans grow in its territory. Brazil has been the leading exporter, and the largest producer of coffee, in the world for over 150 years.

4. Brazil is the first country in South America to accept women into the career ranks of the armed forces. This practise started in the early 1980’s.
5. The Amazon river is the largest river in the world, by volume of water it carries; and second in length after the River Nile. It flows through the tropical forests of South America, mainly in Brazil.

6. Brazil has the second highest number of airports, after the USA, in the Americas. It ranks in “The top 10 list” of countries with the most airports. Brazilian people, as well as tourists, use the more than 4,000 airports for both internal, and international flights. 6.5 million people visit the Brazil, every year, because of its attractive tourist destinations.

7. As of 2015, Brazil ranked seventh in the list of world’s largest GDP. It is considered one of the world’s largest economies, with well-developed agricultural, manufacturing, mining, and service sectors.

8. The “Grand Seca”: also, known as the Brazilian drought, of 1877-1878, is the most severe drought in the history of Brazil. It was devastating. It caused the death of approximately 500,000 people.

9. The Brazilian authorities have come up with novel ways for prisoners to reduce their sentence. In one correctional institution, selected prisoners pedal stationary bicycles which provide electricity to a nearby plaza. Another idea is for a prisoner to read a book, and write a report about it. One book is equivalent to 4 days reduced sentence. Each prisoner can read up to a maximum of 12 books in a year. If you want to learn more we recommend listening to "Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power"

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