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Brazil is a
Federal Republic with a multipartite regime.
The Congress has two Assemblies : the Senate and
the Chamber of Deputies.
The country is divided into 23 states, a federal
district and three territories.
This is all amalgamated into 5 regions.
Brazil was discovered by the Portuguese
navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500.
In 1822 Brazil became a sovereign state, from 1500
to 1822 it had been a Portuguese colony.
part of Latin America. It covers 8,511,968 square
kilometers, nearly half (48%) of the South American
continent. It is about 16 times the size of
It is made up of the Amazonian plain, the tropical
zone of the sierras, internal plateaus and
today is rated the eighth economy in the world.
The internal economic results are better than
foreseen after the monetary crisis in January 1999
: inflationary pressure was contained, the country
did not sink into recession, in fact the economy
showed signs of revival (the growth forecast for
the GDP in 2000 is +4%) and the budgetary
objectives have been adhered to.
In spite of the devaluation of the Real, Brazil
recorded a slight growth and the fact that the
capacity of the agricultural sector has been able
to substitute for the declining industrial sector
partially explains this result, the solidity of the
financial system has equally been determining.
agricultural sector represents about 11% of the GNP
(25% of the working population).
It is an important activity, prime materials make
up more than half of the country's exports.
Brazil exploits nearly 366,000 square kilometers of
arable land (twice as much as France).
The 9% growth registered by the agricultural sector
in 1999 goes a long way to explain why Brazil did
not suffer from a recession.
Brazil has a wealth of natural resources with a
diversified related economy.
The currently expanding sectors are
telecommunications, energy (petrol, gas and
electricity), computer sciences, foodstuffs, the
ports and the iron and steel processing
Mining (per millions of tons, gold and
silver per ton, diamonds per thousands of
sector represents 62% of the GNP, and employs
nearly 50% of the working population.
High tech services are developing :
Telecom Italia for example invested 800 million
dollars in Internet in June 2000. Brazil is one the
most developed countries in the world in on-line
banking, nearly 4.5 million bank accounts are
managed via Internet.
which is the capital of Brazil since 21st April
1960, and its suburbs has a population of one
million seven hundred thousand inhabitants.
relinquished its title of capital to Brazilia,
but remains the second biggest and splendid town of
Brazil with its 6 million inhabitants.
Rio continues to be the capital of the legendary
Brazil of beaches, carnival, football and samba,
and is its cultural centre, its brand image, its
synthesis, its sounding box.
Is the financial centre of Brazil and boasts 10
million inhabitants. It is the privileged target of
private investors (43% of 1999's industrial
an immense country and the climatic variations are
such that it is impossible to be precise on an
ideal period for a visit.
The seasons are inversed with those of the USA and
About 80% of the country is situated in a tropical
snakes and scorpions in the south-east of the
country, with lots of pernilongos and borachudos.
There are a lot of mosquitoes in the towns, which
are especially active after sundown.
In Amazonia there are flies, spiders and ants ...
as well as :
Before leaving. It is advisable to learn
or improve your level of Portuguese.
Entry formalities. You can enter
Brazil with only a passport and a tourist visa,
there are no other particular formalities to be
completed if you are staying less than three
months. You can renew this visa once.
But if you are going to prospect or study the
market it would be better to apply for a work visa
before going. This will make it easier for you to
deal with local companies. When you negotiate a
contract you will not have to ask for a visa and
will gain time.
to be complete
travellingFrench nationals need a visa.
In order to get one you will need :
a passport valid for more than 6 months, a return
ticket or a ticket with a continuation to another
salaried workers in Brazil are covered by the
Brazilian social security system (INSS).
This covers treatment in the public hospitals.
These are not very good, under-equipped and
December to April take summer clothes, preferably
in cotton or linen with one or two sweaters for the
airconditioning and a raincoat.
For May to November take more woollens and a jacket
for the evenings.
If you are going to Brazilia, Sao Paulo and the
south coast take light clothing with something to
protect you in the cool evenings and from the
If you are going to Amazonia take cotton clothing
which is easy to look after and covers you
completely to avoid mosquito bites. You will
probably also need a light jacket in this part of