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Though Brazil is rich in culture, many of the citizens are living in poverty.
Brazil is the biggest country in South America. Brazil borders Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela (every country of the continent except Chile and Ecuador). Capitol: Brazilia Population: 184,101,109
Diversity . Brazil is a mixture of races and ethnicities, resulting in rich diversity. . Many original Portuguese settlers married native women, which created a new race, called 'Mestizos.' . 'Mulattoes' are descendants of the Portuguese and African slaves. . Slavery was abolished in 1888, creating over time a further blurring of racial lines. . Unlike many other Latin American countries where there is a distinct Indian population, Brazilians have intermarried to the point that it sometimes seems that almost everyone has a combination of European, African and indigenous ancestry. Ethnic Structure: white (includes Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish) 55%, mixed white and black 38% black 6% other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian) 1%
Religion and Language Language is one of Brazil ’ s largest unifiers, as nearly 100% of Brazilians speak Portuguese Brazil is 80% Roman Catholic There is about as much difference between the Portuguese spoken in Brazil and that spoken in Portugal as between the English spoken in the United States and that spoken in the United Kingdom.
Popular Places to Visit Fernando de Noronha Island Rio de Janeiro Sao Paulo Salvador Ouro Preto Olinda Brasilia Iguacu Falls
. Men shake hands when greeting one another, while maintaining steady eye contact. . Women generally kiss each other, starting with the left and alternating cheeks. . Hugging and backslapping are common greetings among Brazilian friends. . If a woman wishes to shake hands with a man, she should extend her hand first.