It’s almost February, and here at Mommy Maleta, we are ready to unpack our 2nd suitcase – this time in South America. We are on letter B, so let’s have a big round of applause for warm & sunny, soccer (football) loving & home to the 2014 World Cup country of…BRAZIL!
This summer when you watch The World Cup, a worldwide soccer (better known as football around the world) competition, look for faces painted green and yellow. They will most likely be Brazilian soccer fans cheering for their country. You can see the green and yellow country colors in the flag below.
Brazil Country Facts
- Brazil is the largest country on the continent South America. It is the 5th largest country in the world, both by land area and population. (Do you remember the 6th largest country? Hint: we’ve been there already) It also has one of the largest economies in the world.
- Population: Nearly 200 million (worldpopulationstatistics.com Sept. 23, 2013)
- Capital City: Brasilia Largest City: Sao Paolo
- Religion: Roman Catholic 64.6%, Protestantism 22.2%, No Religion 8%, Other Religions 5.2% (Wikipedia 2010) Brazil has the 2nd highest Christian population in the world.
- Currency: The Real
- Brazil is home to the biggest rain forest in the world. It is called the Amazon Rain Forest.
- The Amazon River, the second largest river in the world after the Nile, flows through Brazil.
- Brazil covers three time zones and shares a border with every country in South America except for Ecuador and Chile.
- Brazil has won the World Cup (world soccer championships) five times.
- The Christ Redeemer statue is located in Brazil. It is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
- There are around 2500 airports in Brazil.
- Brazil is home to a wide range of animals including armadillos, tapirs, jaguars and pumas.
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