If you are thinking about moving to Brazil, there are lots of important things to organise. From booking an international moving company, packing up the possessions you want to take with you and renting a self-storage unit to keep all the stuff you don’t need to take with you safe. That’s before you even start packing. The list of things to do grows longer and longer doesn't it? There are pros and cons of moving abroad but to lighten your mental load, even for a few minutes, here are 23 interesting facts and figures about your new country of residence:
- Brazil is the largest country in South America.
- In Brazil, Brazilian Portuguese is the main spoken language and Brazil is the only country in South America to speak Portuguese.
- Football is the most popular sport in Brazil and the country has won the World Cup 5 times.
- The best beach in the world (according to Tripadvisor) is located in Brazil and is called Baia Do Sancho.
- Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world because of both geographical land mass and population levels.
- The country of Brazil looks like the shape of an aeroplane from the air.
- Brazil is the world's largest exporter of coffee and in the 1920's over 3 quarters of the worlds coffee was supplied by the country, although since, now only a third of the world's coffee comes from Brazil.
- Sao Paulo is known to have the worst traffic jams in the world, worst around rush hour in the evening.
- Brazil is home to the Amazon river, which is the largest river in the world.
- There are over 4,000 airports in Brazil.
- Brazil has many National Parks, with the most popular being Iguaca which has some of the biggest waterfalls in the world.
- Millions of Brazilians have Japanese heritage.
- Over 6 million people visit Brazil for tourism every single year.
- The biodiversity in Brazil is so rich there are over 4 million plant and animal types listed, with many more undiscovered, through to be in The Amazon Rainforest.
- Brazil is made up mainly of Christians, of those who are religious.
- A flight to Brazil takes around 11.5 hours from London.
- Brazil covers three different time zones.
- The most popular attraction in Brazil is the Christ The Redeemer statue.
- 60% of the rainforest in the world is located in Brazil.
- Brazil's highest mountain is Pico de Neblina.
- The Northern areas of Brazil are the most populated, with most people living around the cities, or the coasts.
- Popular foods of Brazil include: okra (a vegetable), Pão De Queijo (cheese bread), Feijoada (bean stew with rice and meat), Coxinha de Galinha (deep fried breaded chicken).
- Popular drinks of Brazil include Guarana (a caffeinated drink made from berries), Alua (corn and sugar), Bombeirinho (cachaca and gooseberry syrup) and Caipirinha (cachaca, lime juice and sugar).
Hopefully these interesting facts have given you a short mental break from the difficult task of moving internationally. Brazil is an incredible country to move to, and you're sure to discover much more about this stunning location when you move. In the meantime, be as organised as you can. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying the sights and sounds of the vibrant and sunny country of Brazil.
Article written by Jo
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