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Country Fact Sheet – Brazil

Country Fact Sheet – Brazil

Official Name

The Federative Republic of Brazil

Geographical location

Southern cone of Latin America (10 00 S, 55 00 W)


8,511,965 km2


189.3 million



Principal cities

Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo

Neighboring countries/territories

Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

Ethnic groups

White, mulatto (mixed white and black), black


Mostly tropical, but temperate in the south. The average temperature across the country is around 25°C.

Official language


Major religions

Catholic and Protestant

Time zone

GMT – 3  (behind Hong Kong by 11 hours)

GMT – 2  (behind Hong Kong by 10 hours in summer)

International dialing code



Brazilian real (BRL); US$1= app. BRL 2.3 (31 Dec 2008)

Visa requirement

Visa-free access for HKSAR passport holders

Business hours

Private and government offices

8:30 am to 6:00 pm,

Monday to Friday


10:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Monday to Friday


9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

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