25 Fun Facts About Brazil: The Largest Country In South America

Brazil is a country studded with gorgeous beaches and even more gorgeous people. It boasts of some of the most amazingly beautiful landscapes, delicious foods, and impressive-looking (and powerful) cocktails. For coffee lovers, Brazil is what Italy is for pizza lovers, since the country is the greatest exporter of almost everyone’s favorite breakfast drink. But coffee, beautiful women, and drinks aside, Brazil has a wide gamut of experiences to offer the adventurous traveler. For hundreds of years Brazilian culture has been an exquisite mix of ethnic traditions and backgrounds fused with a glorious blend of artistry. This has generated some of the most recognizable feats of music and dances including the bossa nova, the samba, and capoeira and more. The country is also widely known for being a powerhouse in soccer; its national team has been victorious in the FIFA World Cup a record five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. We’re pretty sure you want to know more about this most popular and visited South American country. So feel free to join us as we share with you these 25 Fun Facts About Brazil: The Largest Country In South America.

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The word “Brazil,” meaning “red like an ember,” comes from pau brasil (brazilwood), a tree that once grew abundantly along the Brazilian coast that produced a deep red dye. Brazilwood was valued by European traders who came from the Portuguese coast in the sixteenth century to trade with the Tupí-Guaraní Indians.

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The Portuguese officially named Brazil Terra do Santa Cruz (Land of the Holy Cross), but traders simply called it Terra do Brasil.

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Brazil is the sixth-largest country in the world with a population of 200 million and the fifth-largest by landmass with 5.35 million square miles. It is also the largest country in South America.

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The Amazon rain forest is the world’s largest, containing one-fifth of the world’s freshwater reserves and producing one-third of the earth’s oxygen. About sixty percent of the Amazon lies in Brazil.

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Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world and the only one in the Americas since the rest are Spanish speaking.

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