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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)

Area

8,511,965 km2

Population

189.3 million

Capital

Brasilia

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

Climate

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

Official language

Portuguese

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

+55

Currency

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

Banks

10:00 am to 4:00 pm,

Monday to Friday

Shops

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

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

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