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Brazil: Fascinating facts about country that has hidden Mountain

Brazil is the largest country in South America and it’s loved for its tropical and subtropical landscapes. Brazil boasts of ravishing natural scenery and vibrant cultures, natural wealth and resources and beautiful beaches.

Brazil’s name originated from a tree name identified as Brazilwood.

Here are ten amazing facts about Brazil you should know.

World’s fifth largest country

Brazil’s population approximately measures about 210 million and its geographical area measures about 3,287,597 square miles. Brazil is a neighbour to almost all South American nations except for Chile and Ecuador. Brazil makes 47 per cent of the continent.

Pico da Neblin – Brazil’s Secret Mountain

Pico da Neblina
Pico da Neblina is known as Brazil’s secret Mountain. Photo courtesy

Pico da Neblina is said to have been hidden for centuries due to its remote locality and the fact that it is almost shrouded by mist. The mountain remained undiscovered until the 1950s.

A statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Christ's statue in Brazil
The Christ’s statue in Rio De Janeiro (left) got damaged by lightning but a new one is being built in southern city of Encantado(Right) in Brazil. Photo courtesy

The statue was located in Rio De Janeiro and weighed 635 tonnes and 38 metres in height. The statue was named among one of the seven wonders of the world in 2007. In 2014, it was struck by lightning and got damaged. However, a new Christ’s statue is being built in southern city of Encantado and will be taller that the previous one in Rio.

Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, took 41 months to build.

Brasilia
Brasilia

The capital city of Brazil, which is Brasilia only took 41 months to build. Rio was Brazil’s capital city for over 196 years. Brazil has 26 states and one federal district

Brazil has 26 states and one federal district

When Brazil’s capital city is viewed from above, it resembles an aircraft or a butterfly. The city is commonly referred to as Capital Federal, or simply BSB

Brazil has over 4,000 airports.

Brazil comes second in the list of countries with the highest number of airports in the world after United States which has a remarkable 13,513.

Home to famous people

Famous Canadians include Pamela Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Avril Lavigne, Keanu Reeves, Pelè, Ronaldinho and Jim Carrey.

Sports in Brazil

Football

Football is one of the most popular sports in Brazil. Other than football, sports like volleyball, mixed martial arts, basketball, tennis, and motor sports, especially Formula One are played.

Brazil has produced some of the best players like Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pelé. The country has won football’s World Cup finals five times more than any other country

Geographical Facts

Amazon forest
The Amazon rainforest (left) and the Pantanal wetlands (right) In Brazil. Photo courtesy

Brazil is famous for its dense forests, including the Amazon which is the world’s largest forest. Also, Brazil has dry grasslands, rugged hills, pine forests, sprawling wetlands, immense plateaus, and a long coastal plain.

Portuguese is the most spoken language and its also the National language followed by German and then indigenous languages. English in Brazil is taught in schools as a second language.

Brazil’s top five major cities are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Salvador, Fortaleza.

History

Scientists thought Brazil was first settled by Asians 10,000 years ago until recently when they found out that people lived there 32,000 years ago. Scientists speculate that those people came from the islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Culture

Brazil is popularly known for its crazy love for dance and music. The Nation also has regular festivals including the Brazil festival which is held in Rio de Janeiro every year. The celebration takes place for five days.

Food

Feijoada
Brazil’s Feijoada

Brazilians love fruits and vegetables. okra, coconuts corn and beans. On that note, Feijoada tops as Brazil’s popular meal. It is made with black beans and several different cuts of pork. Brazilians love the Guarana, a drink made with small red berries

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