Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country by geographical area and 6th by by population with over 192 million people... It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest lusophone country in the world.
Brazil, or the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in South America in area and population, with about 200 million people. Over the last decade it has also become one of the world’s fastest-growing economic powerhouses.
“Brazil is growing, and so our needs, and those of our workers, are also growing,” [Abram Szajman, president of the Sao Paulo state chamber of commerce,] said. “They want access not just to sports and health facilities but also to art, music and other cultural activities, whether from Brazil or abroad, and that’s part of our charter.”
[Brazil] has become the world's sixth largest economy. Another year of growth - about 3 percent - was enough to edge Brazil past the stagnant United Kingdom in the global economic rankings.
1500: Discovery of Brazil by Portuguese navigator Cabral. Territory named after the dye-wood trees found there.
The exploitation of the Amazon rainforest, much of which is in Brazil, has been a major international worry, since the wilderness is a vital regulator of the climate. It is also an important reservoir of plant and animal life.
A new national 10-year plan from Brazil shows that the country will triple its use of renewable energy by 2020 and that a lot of that energy will be wind energy. Going from 9 [gigawatts (GW)] of wind, biomass and small hydropower in 2010, the country intends to hit 27 GW by 2020. It wants to have 16% of its electricity supply coming from renewables in 10 years.
[The Amazon River] is fed by more than 1,000 tributaries, including seven that are more than 1,000 miles long, and it drains more than half of Brazil.
Brazil at the end of the 16th century was an inhospitable place. Its original inhabitants, who had first encountered the Portuguese in 1500 when a group of sailors landed and claimed the territory for their king, were coming to the conclusion that their new neighbours made unreliable allies in intertribal wars. Even more offputtingly, the European newcomers spread smallpox, which proved fatal to people who had not had their immune systems tested by centuries of living with children and other animals under the same roofs.
[Brazil is the] second-largest consumer of cocaine in the world... [It is also an] important transshipment country for Bolivian, Colombian, and Peruvian cocaine headed for Europe
All 12 of Brazil’s stadiums for this event are supposed to achieve a minimum sustainability standard, and 10 out of 12 have already applied to the US Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status. One of the stadiums, Mané Garrincha stadium in Brazilian capital Brasília, is seeking LEED Platinum status, which would make it the first soccer stadium in the world to achieve that.