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Federative Republic of Brazil > Details

Country Name
Federative Republic of Brazil
Geographical Area
3,287,597 square miles
Population
204,451,000 (2015 estimate)
Capital City
Brasilia
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People  
Language   Portuguese is spoken by nearly 100 percent of the population. English is not widely spoken except in more tourist areas so such basic words in Portuguese will assist the visitor.
Religion   Catholicism is the country's predominant faith. Brazil has the world's largest Catholic population 73.57%, and Protestantism 15.41% with the rest declaring no religion.
Government   Federal presidential constitutional republic.
Head of Government   President Dilma Rousseff
Embassy   SES 801- Avenida das Nacoes, Lote 03 70403-900 - Brasilia, DF Brazil Telephone: +(55)(61) 3312-7000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(55)(61) 3312-7400
Visas   Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. You must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Embassy or consulate nearest to your place of residence in the United States. Visas cannot be obtained at the airport, and immigration authorities will refuse entry into Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.
Health Risks   Medical care is generally good but it varies in quality, particularly in remote areas, and it may not meet U.S. standards outside the major cities.
Clothing Suggestions  
Time Zone:   BRT (UTC -2 to -4)
Banking / Exchange   Foreign currency, including traveler’s checks, can be exchanged at banks and special exchange shops in large towns.
Currency   Brazil’s currency is the real (BRL) and notes are in denominations of R$100, 50, 10, 5, 2, and 1. All banks, travel agencies, and authorized hotels exchange traveller’s checks and foreign currency.
Electric Current   Metric
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks  
Shopping   One of the first things foreign travelers in Brazil might notice when they start using cash is that there is a shortage of change. More reasonably priced clothes can be found almost everywhere and certainly at the big shopping malls.
Weights & measures  
How to shop Tax Fee  
National Airport   Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Manaus (MAO), Porto Alegre (POA), Salvador de Bahia (SSA), Sao Paulo (CGH)
Major Tourist Attractions   There are endless options for the traveler in Brazil. Rio’s Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountai
Tipping Suggestion   When dining out, it is customary to tip 10% at restaurants. Tipping taxi drivers is not expected, but most visitors will tip bar and hotel staff and guides.
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