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Brazil 2011




Republica Federativa do Brasil
In Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean; mostly flat to rolling lowlands in North; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt. 8,514,877 km2 (slightly < US), 7% arable.

Capital Brasilia (pop est. 2.6M)

Population 198.7M (23.3/km2)

Life expectancy 72 years


Literacy 89%

Lang(s) Portuguese, and a large number of Amerindian languages

Religions Roman Catholic 74%, Protestant 15%, Spiritualist 1%

Ethnic Groups White 54%, Mulatto 39%, Black 6%

Gov’t Federal Republic

GDP/cap $10,200

PCVs 11961 – 1981; health and education (4,150 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 7 September (1822)

Adult Books

The Brazilians
by Joseph A. Page

Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 6, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0201441918

Book Description
Vast in area, rich in resources and uniquely integrated in racial composition, here is Brazil in all its beauty, contradictions, promises and disappointments. Idealistic and pragmatic, exuberant and passive, its people have survived colonialism, slavery, dictatorships and populism and now struggle toward a viable capitalism in a society characterized by extremes of wealth and poverty.

Kids' Books

From another world
Ana Maria Machado; translated by Luisa Baeta; with illustrations by Lucia Brandao

Format: Paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 978-0888996411
Age Range: 9–12 years
Publisher: Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2005


Film: City of God
Director: Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund (2002)


Fresno (Album: Redencao): Music from Brazil

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Portuguese: Celebração (sell-ah-bra-sewn)

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