Interesting Facts About Brazil

Brazil is well-known for its carnival, stunning beaches, lush jungles, and crazy parties. But this amazing nation has so much more to offer! Brazil, a country founded on the blending of cultures, races, and religions, is rife with intriguing tales begging to be told.

1 - Brazil boasts more types of animals and plants than any other nation on earth.

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Brazil is widely regarded as the world's most biodiverse nation, and with good reason—it is home to the most well-known plants, amphibians, freshwater fish, and animals. Brazil is home to three significant marine ecosystems, six terrestrial biomes, and two biodiversity hotspots: the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado Savanna. According to Biofin, the nation is home to a minimum of 103,870 animal species and 43,020 plant species, which together make up 70% of the world's cataloged animal and plant species.

2 - The largest Japanese population outside of Japan is found in Brazil.


This could be one of the more unexpected facts about Brazil, given the stark cultural differences between the two nations. Brazil has since become the largest Japanese community outside of their homeland since the first Japanese immigrants landed there in 1908. According to statistics, there are presently 1.5 million Brazilian Japanese living in Brazil. The Liberdade neighborhood in Sao Paulo is home to a number of Japanese cultural items and cuisine.

3 - In Brazil, reading helps shorten a prisoner's sentence.


In Brazil, inmates have the opportunity to study up to 12 books in order to reduce their annual punishment by up to 48 days. They simply need to read the book and write a report about it. The "Redemption Through Reading" programme of the Brazilian Parliament assists in shortening a prisoner's sentence.

4 - More than 25,000 portable toilets are set up in Rio de Janeiro during Brazil's Carnival.

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Public urination remains a concern during carnival despite this enormous influx of restrooms. Which shouldn't come as a surprise given the amount of beer consumed. The penalty for urinating in public has increased from $44 USD to $130 USD in order to battle the rivers of second-hand beer running through the area. Therefore, it is far more cost-effective to simply use the restroom as you are meant to and wait in line.

5 - Silva is the most well-known last name in Brazil.

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In Brazil and Portugal, Silva is among the most widely used last name. Silva can also be spelled as Da Silva. This last name is used by about 20,882,120 Brazilian and Portuguese people. The word "silva" in Latin means "jungle" or "forest." People or families that are unsure about their original city of origin are given this moniker.

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6 - Brazil has a fairly high cost of living.


Electronics and other devices created outside of the country are subject to heavy levies. As a result, purchasing an Apple or iPhone device in Brazil will cost you three times as much as it would in the US.

7 - Brazil is named after the Brazilwood tree.

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One of my favorite tidbits about Brazil is this: Brazilwood trees were prevalent when the Portuguese first landed in the country. Because there were so many of them, they decided to call their nation Brazil after this significant export.

8 - In Brazil, there are about 2,700 airports.

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Brazil has 2,717 airfields, according to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil. There are currently 2,183 private and small airports, compared to 534 public airports. Read This: 
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9 - During Brazil's Carnival, around 10 million liters of beer are consumed.

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The carnival in Brazil is well-known worldwide. Every day during the celebration, more than two million people throng the streets to see the parades and parties. Naturally, there is also enough beer for everyone. Carnival starts on the Friday before Ash Wednesday and lasts until noon on that day. It comes before Lent, a 40-day period of fasting observed by Judeo-Christian religious communities. Although very few people follow these religions really fast, the majority usually give up a vice or pleasure for 40 days, such as chocolate or smoking. In any case, Carnival is a much better pre-lent party than Pancake Day!

10 - Three time zones exist in Brazil.


There are now three time zones in Brazil. First, UTC -02:00; this time zone is used by islands in Brazil's northeast. Second, UTC-03:00 is the actual Brazilian time zone. Finally, UTC-04:00 is the recognized time zone for five western states.

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