Area: 8.515 million square kilometres
Population: 201 million
Head of state: President Dilma Vana Rousseff
State system: A federative republic
- Brazil is the world’s biggest producer of sugar, oranges and coffee, accounting for over 35 percent of the world’s coffee output.
- Each year Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the largest carnivals in the world.
- Brazil is the only country that has participated in all world football championships.
- Brazil is the largest country in South America and fifth largest in the world in land area.
Andrea Oelsner, University of Aberdeen Only a few years ago, both Venezuela and Brazil were racing towards heavyweight status in Latin America and beyond. Each of them was the force behind the creation of a major regional group – and both forged important alliances...read more
The Brazilian Senate has approved a bill aimed at labor market reforms amid a political crisis that has jeopardized President Temer’s rule. The upper house passed the labour bill 50 to 26 with one abstention. The bill allows more temporary work contracts and...read more
At what cost gentrification? São Paulo expels drug users and razes buildings to ‘revitalise Crackland’
Patricia Rodrigues Samora, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas This article, originally published on June 16 2017, has been updated to reflect the latest developments in São Paulo’s Cracolândia. It was a rainy Sunday morning when São Paulo’s “Crackland” was...read more
Renato Sérgio de Lima, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Somewhere between outraged and perplexed, Brazilians have been bombarded with news about their political underworld, covering everything from graft scandals and political intrigues to, on June 10, a narrow Supreme Court...read more
Police line up to defend Congress from protesters in the nation’s capital Brasilia, while the Temer government struggles. Paulo Whitaker/Reuters Carlos Milani, Rio de Janeiro State University Tape recordings of Brazilian President Michel Temer and Senator Aecio Neves...read more
Brazilian President Michel Temer is again facing the types of pressures he subjected his predecessor to as corruption charges continue to dog his presidency. On Tuesday, an impassioned Temer took to national television to appeal to the Brazilian public and claim his...read more