Introducing Brazil

Earlier this year, while we were organising our big move/trip, I cooked from a number of countries, without ever getting around to blogging them. I’ve got plenty of time now that we’re here, so I’m going to try and get them all on the net. I will be turning them into two posts each- one introduction post, and one food post, as I don’t remember enough detail to make each meal a post of its own. That’ll learn me for leaving it so long.

Brazil is the first of these countries…

Introducing Brazil

Where is it?

Brazil is the largest country in South America. It borders the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and has land borders with jut about every other country in South America; French Guana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.

In terms of geographicial size, Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world. Only, China, Russia, US and Canada take up more space. The Capital is Brasilia, however Sao Paulo is the largest city.

People, Politics and Economy

  • Population: 203,429,773
  • Languages:
    Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language)
    note: less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages
  • Ethnic Groups: white 53.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 38.5%, black 6.2%, other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian) 0.9%, unspecified 0.7% (2000 census)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 7.4% (2000 census)
  • Median Age: 29.3
  • Life expectancy at birth: 72.53 years
  • GDP Per capita: $10 300
  • Unemployment rate: 7%
  • Gini Index (equality of wealth distribution): 56.7, making Brazil the 10th least fair country in the world.

Things you didn’t know about Brazil

  • The largest city, Sao Paulo, is home to a number of Brazilians equivalent to 95% of Australia’s whole population.
  • Brazil has voluntary voting for people between 16 and 18, and over 70, thought its compulsory for everyone else (except military conscripts don’t vote).

The flag looks like this:

Flag of Brazil with a little southern cross.

The Book/s I used for recipes:

For Brazil week I used two books, both available from a Moreland Library near you; The Brazilian Table, by Yara Castro Roberts and Richard Roberts and Brazil, by Matthew Locricchio.


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