Living in Brazil guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Brazil with the expat guide

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Brazil

Banking in Brazil

Bureaucracy is deeply rooted in Brazil, and this is never more evident than when dealing with banks. Be aware that until you have ...

The healthcare system in Brazil

If you are travelling to Brazil you should consider whether it makes sense to obtain traveller's insurance or not. This is ...

The Brazilian labour market

In recent years, Brazil has been suffering through an economic recession and a government austerity program. Still, Brazil ...

Getting your driver's license in Brazil

This is a short article about the steps needed to obtain your Drivers License in Manaus, Brazil.

Work permits for Brazil

Finding legal work in Brazil can be difficult, but it is possible if you meet certain specific qualifications, and obtain a ...

Discovering Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro may conjure up images of golden beaches populated by unimaginably beautiful people, or of streets filled with ...

Moving with your pets to Brazil

If you are planning to travel or relocate to Brazil, the Brazilian government allows you to bring your dog or cat into Brazil ...

Relocating to Brazil

If you are a legal resident of Brazil, you are permitted to import your personal and household items duty-free. However, there ...

Customs in Brazil

Visitors to Brazil and returning residents of Brazil are permitted to bring in personal possessions and items for personal use ...

Childcare in Brazil

As more and more women have joined the workforce in Brazil, childcare has become very important. There are a few options ...

Sports in Brazil

Brazilians enjoy exercise and athletics. Perhaps this is no surprise, as the weather makes it ideal to spend time ...

Using phones in Brazil

It's much easier these days to get a cell phone in Brazil, and phones and calling plans are inexpensive. Landlines are fast ...

Leisure activities in Brazil

Have you always dreamed of dancing to the rhythm of a Brazilian carnival? Do you wish to enjoy the sand and the tropical sun, or ...

Connecting to the internet in Brazil

These days, it's difficult to survive without an internet connection. Fortunately, internet coverage is pretty good in most ...

Driving in Brazil

If you are moving to Brazil for a short time, you can use your national driving licence. However, if you plan to settle in ...

About Brazil

Demography

Brazil is the fifth-most populated country in the world with more than 207 million inhabitants in 2016. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. English, Spanish, German, and French are also spoken by many. Brazil is quite diverse racially and ethnically, and varies considerably by region, and Brazilians themselves are quite accepting of visitors and expats regardless of their ethnicity or country of origin. Since 2010, Brazil's constitution has prohibited discrimination for any reason, including sex, age, colour, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. In fact, under Article 140 of the 2010 law, it is illegal to refer to someone's race, colour, sexual orientation, etc. in a derogatory fashion.

Economy

After experiencing a boom from 2009 to about 2014, Brazil's economy has stumbled more recently. However, the country still has the eighth-largest economy in the world with a projected Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US $ 2.1 trillion in 2017. There are signs of recovery, as the government is taking steps to control expenditures and reduce long-term obligations. Brazil's economy is mainly based on commercial agriculture, industry, mining, and oil resources. Brazil also exports naval and aviation products, electrical equipment, ethanol, and textiles. Real estate is a major economic component in some areas.

Politics

Brazil is a Federal Republic with a presidential system. The country is divided into 26 states and a federal district. The current constitution was inaugurated in 1988. The federal government structure in many ways mirrors that of the US. The Legislative Branch is composed of a lower house, the Camera dos Deputados (equivalent to the House of Representatives), with 513 seats, and an upper house, the Senado (Senate), with 81 members. The Executive Branch is led by a President and Vice-President who are elected for four-year terms. When Dilma Rousseff was removed from office in 2016, Vice-President Michel Temer succeeded her and is the current President, serving until the end of 2018.

Climate

Most of the country lies in the southern hemisphere. Hence its seasons are opposite to those in North America and Europe. While much of the country lies in tropical and subtropical latitudes, the climate varies considerably by latitude and altitude. North and northeastern regions are hot throughout the year but experience wet and dry seasons, while more southerly regions have four seasons, and occasionally see freezing temperatures in winter (June-August).

Quick Information

Capital : Brasilia
Official Languages : Portuguese , Spanish; Castilian , English , French
Currency : Real
Area : 8511965 Km2
Population : 201103330
Calling Code : +55

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