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Brazil is much more than the country of soccer, samba, and bossa nova, of the Amazonian and Pantanal regions and the beautiful beaches.

We are almost 190 million Brazilians and immigrants, and form one of the most fascinating countries of the planet, connected by one single language – Portuguese, on an area of more than 8.5 millions square kilometers, crossing the Capricorn Tropic and the Equator. A country that respects and values the culture of men and women of all ethnic groups, nationalities, religions and cultures, which merged in order to form just one people – the Brazilian people.

With a Gross Domestic Product of approx. US$795 billions, Brazil is one of the big economies in South America, producing state-of-the-art technology, especially in the areas of aerospace technology, medicine and IT.

Many Brazilians stand out in the international scenario. Pelé and Ayrton Senna in sports; Tom Jobim, Os Mutantes and Caetano Veloso in music; Jorge Amado and Paulo Coelho in literature; Cândido Portinari in painting; Carmem Miranda and Glauber Rocha in the movies industry; Rui Barbosa in politics; Oscar Niemeyer in architecture and Santos Dumont in aviation, among many others!

Despite being a young country, Brazil stands out in many areas, with technology pools, universities, industrial areas, TI, communication and aeronautic companies … everything is present from North to South over the country. From the countryman to the businessman, from agronomy to aerospace engineering, Brazilians are connected to the newest technology and knowledge in the world.

In the transition between the nice spring and the warm summer, Brazil will host the ICANN Meeting São Paulo, gathering all nations on an occasion of enormous joy.

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Brazilian Regions

Brazil is divided in five geographic regions: the North, Northeast, Center-West, Southeast and South. Know more about each one of them:

The Northern Region

Geographically, the Northern Region is the largest one of Brazil, with more than 3,000,000 km 2. The region covers 45.28% of the national territory and includes the biggest portion of the Brazilian Amazonian system. The cities in that region are isolated from each other due to the region's low demographic density. The States Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins constitute the Northern Region.

From the cultural perspective, this is a very rich area. In the State Amazonas, the Folkloric Festival of Paritins attracts thousands of visitors in June. Since 1793 Belém (the capital city of the State Pará) hosts the Círio de Nazaré feast, a popular celebration in honor to Our Lady of Nazaré, which gathers two million people every year.

The largest river in the world crosses the largest forest in the world. The Amazonas River, with an extension of 6,868 km, crosses Peru and Brazil and has a water volume 56 times bigger than the Nile River. In Brazil, the river flows through two States: Amazonas and Pará, ending in the Atlantic Ocean near to the Marajó Island.

The Northeastern Region

Intense heat, beautiful beaches and the hospitality of the northeastern people are the major features of that region. From Bahia to Maranhão, a kaleidoscopic mixture of believes, races and cultures fascinates every visitor to those states.

Brazil was born in the northeastern region, since the Portuguese landed in Bahia, in 1500. Africans, native Indians and Portuguese made the city of Salvador the capital of the new colony. During the next centuries, Dutch and French men tried to invade the region and left their influence in the culture and typical accent of people of that region.

The northeastern region receives millions of tourists looking for its natural and cultural beauties. Olinda, São Luís, Lençóis Maranhenses and Fernando de Noronha are a few examples of the main tourist destinations in the country. And everything with lots of music and unique cooking!

The northeastern States are: Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Paraíba, Piauí, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe.

The Center-West Region

This is the land of the typical Brazilian countryman. The inner land culture of Brazil goes through the States of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás. Brasília, the capital of Brazil and the Federal District, was designed by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer and is also located in that region.

Between the calm rhythm of Pantanal and the agitated life in Brasília, there is a people who loves its land. This region is also responsible for the largest portion of the Brazilian cattle industry. The music with roots in the simple man's life always delights attentive listeners.


The Southern Region

Three states form the southern region of Brazil: Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Those states are nationally known for the high concentration of German and Italian immigrants, who keep and preserve the traditions of their countries of origin until today; but, like it happens in the other places of Brazil, everything is merged with some ingredients of other people.

In Santa Catarina, the beauty of the beaches in Florianópolis convinces all tourists to stop and stay. Gustavo Kuerten, the world tennis champion, was born in Santa Catarina.

Rio Grande do Sul has a people who are very proud of their state. The gaucho was always present in the most important decisions of the country, from politics (with Getúlio Vargas, the president of Brazil during the II World War) to soccer (with the Grêmio and Internacional teams). People of Rio Grande do Sul is easily recognized by their accent and charming hospitality.

The Southeastern Region

Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais belong to the richest and most developed region of the country. The most important business transactions, the most intense cultural life and the largest populations are in the Southeastern Region.

Since the Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema) appeared and became famous, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's entrance door to the world. The reign of bossa nova and Carnaval, the city enchants everyone.

Minas Gerais has been the land of gold, diamonds and many different kinds of mineral richnesses, which were extracted of the soil of this state during the colonial period. During that period one of the most important sculptors, Antônio Francisco Lisboa, the Aleijadinho (The Cripple) arose in Minas Gerais. Many of his art pieces can be seen in the streets of Ouro Preto. Observing the sky in Minas Gerais, Alberto Santos Dumont invented the airplane 14-Bis, and became the first man to take off with an aeronautic engine.

São Paulo has more than 40 millions inhabitants and doesn't stop growing. The country's economy goes through the State, whether in the cattle industry, or in the industry at large or even in the service sector. The explorers called Bandeirantes left São Paulo in order to discover the inner land of Brazil, followed by Italian and Japanese immigrants, who work on the fertile soil of the State until today. The capital of the State will host the ICANN Meeting São Paulo.






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