Brazil in a few numbers

There are so many interesting things to learn about Brazil. It has the largest population in South America; it is the largest producer of coffee in the world. We could fill an entire post with superlatives!  In this post we will include 10 interesting facts about our native country. 

1.  The volume of the Amazon River is 11 times larger than that of the Mississippi River. The daily flow of water drained into the Atlantic Ocean would be enough to cover New York’s water supply for 9 years!

2. The largest toad species is native to Brazil. Its name is Golias, and it can reach up to 30 centimetres and 3.3kg!

3. One in ten species living in the planet is original from Brazil.  This is not surprising, though, the Amazon River has over 3,000 species of freshwater fish, 2.5 million species of insects, over 370 types of reptiles, over 1,300 butterfly species, 400 mammal species, over 900 different types of tarantulas, and the list goes on. It also has the biggest variety of monkey species in the world – over 80.

Amazon River - by Mark Goble

Amazon River – by Mark Goble

4. Brazil has won the World Cup 5 times, more than any other country; and has been the only country to play in every World Cup tournament.

5. Angra do Reis, in Rio de Janeiro, has 365 offshore islands.

6. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan – 1,500,000 people. Most of the community can be found in São Paulo.

7. São Paulo has the 3rd busiest helicopter traffic in the world.

8. When the first Portuguese settlers arrived in Brazil there were over 6 million native indigenous people; today there are around 300 thousand belonging to 215 tribes, 55 of which do not have any contact with modern civilisation.

9. There are 81 currencies in Brazil besides the Real.  In certain provinces alternative social currencies have been created in order to stimulate the economy. They can be found in Ceará, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Piauí.

10. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil – and South America – with a population of over 11 million inhabitants.  It is also the seventh largest city in the world.

São Paulo by Diego Torres Silvestre

São Paulo by Diego Torres Silvestre

Do you know any other interesting facts about Brazil? Share them with us in the comments section below.

* A few sources (in Portuguese): LexioPhiles, Mundo Interativo, Governo do Estado de São Paulo.

* Featured photo credit: Denise Mayumi.