Brazil is amongst the biggest countries in the world, counting for over 209 million inhabitants as of 2017. It is renowned for its beautiful beaches, warm people, and the annual Rio carnival. If you want to find out more exciting and interesting facts about this country, all you have to do is keep on reading.
- Care for its citizens
Brazil looks after the health of its citizens by implementing various social policies and banning harmful products. For instance, it supports same-sex marriages and freedom of speech, while the national healthcare system covers sex change surgeries.
And, even though women here always follow the European latest trends and spend their money on the latest cosmetic products and accessories, including a reliable hand dryer that maintains the skin’s natural moisture, Brazil became the first country in the world to ban tanning beds in 2002.
By comparison, the United States doesn’t have a clear regulation in this field while the European Union is currently working on its legislation to gradually remove them from use in the following years.
- The fifth biggest country in the world
The state takes pride in being the fifth most prolific country in the world as well as the fifth largest by geographical area. It is also part of the BRIC countries, an international agreement that also includes Russia, India, and China and seeks business opportunities and preferential trades between the biggest emerging economies in the world.
Brazil borders most other South American nation and counts for almost half of the entire continent. It neighbors nine countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina.
- One of the most dangerous countries worldwide
Unfortunately, Brazil also holds a few negative records, and that includes being a dangerous destination for tourists and locals alike. Sao Paulo is constantly voted amongst the most dangerous cities in the world, with a high crime rate. The state’s recognized “favelas” or the so-called ghettos are full of people who deal drugs and handle prostitution and gun traffic.
The Brazilian Carnival is the country’s most popular attraction and the largest national festival. It starts around February, precisely 51 days before Easter, and lasts until the Ash Wednesday at noon that marks the beginning of the forty-day fasting time before the Catholic Easter.
It is estimated that up to two million people are on the streets daily during the carnival. Although the most popular celebration is held in Rio de Janeiro, you can see other similar festivities throughout the country.
The carnival is famous for its samba schools that send their best dancers on the streets to compete with each other in a full spectacle of sparkle, feathers, beautiful women, and provocative costumes.
- Modern Babylon
This South American gem is known for speaking over 180 languages and dialects and being a modern Babylon. The arrival of immigrants from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, combined with the natives and the African slaves, has turned Brazil into a culturally diverse nation.
It is also the home of the biggest Afro-Brazilian culture and the world’s second largest African population, after the country of Nigeria. Some of the most popular languages spoken include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Afrikaans, Dutch, English, and even Japanese.
- Women voting is mandatory
Although women legally received the right to vote back in 1918, in the beginning, there were only a few states that actually allowed this regulation.
It wasn’t until the 1960s, and even the 1970s that women around the world were able to vote but Brazil provided this right since 1946. What’s even more interesting is that voting is not only a right in the country but also an obligation.
- It produces large quantities of metals
Brazil used to be one of the wealthiest regions in the world after the Portuguese colonies settled in.
It is known for its natural resources, and even up to date it still produces impressive quantities of iron, gold, copper, and even diamonds. Some of the country’s other popular trade merchandises include coffee and rubber.
- Interesting traditions
Since Brazil is the home of many other minorities, it comes as no surprise that the country has been culturally influenced by each of them. It is rich in traditions and folklore. Thus, depending on the geographical area, Brazil has developed several interesting traditions, especially around New Year’s Eve.
Some say that it is mandatory to wear white clothing with colorful underwear so that the New Year will find your spirit pure and childish.
It is also a custom to celebrate the beginning of a new year on a beach. Probably this is also the reason why Copacabana, the world’s most famous beach, gathers annually more than one million people on its breathtaking sands and crystal clear waters.
And, since we are talking about beaches, another tradition states that you have to jump seven waves at midnight for good luck and prosperity.
- Pizza is the favorite dish in some cities
With a unique mixture of cultures and gastronomic legacies, one might think that the Brazilian national cuisine is self-sufficient throughout the country. However, Sao Paulo is one city that begs to differ as pizza seems to be the favorite dish here. There are over 1.5 million pizzas eaten daily in this country alone, and Sao Paulo counts for half of them.
- The country likes its terrorist-themed bars
With so many terrorist threats in the world right now, one would think people would do anything to stay off the radar. But not the Brazilians as they have developed an affinity for Osama bin Laden-themed bars. There is one in Sao Paulo run by the terrorist’s doppelganger and another one approximately 20 miles away from Rio de Janeiro.
This seems like a trend right now, so who can say if there won’t be other bars inspired by the pan-Islamic militant in the future?