As it prepares to play host for next year's World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games, we thought you ought to get familiar with this enormous and electrifying country. So without further ado, here are 22 facts about Brazil you might not know.

Brazil's coastline is longer than the distance from London to New York City.

Source: Science Kids

Rio de Janeiro beach silhouettes of Brazilians playing keepy uppy altinho football soccer on the shore at Posto Nove in Ipanema© lazyllama/Shutterstock

The territory of Brazil once had as many as 2000 different tribes.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil occupies 47 per cent of the continent of South America.

Source: Wikipedia

Coffee beans© karbunar/Shutterstock

Brazil borders all South American countries except Chile and Ecuador.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil has the world's largest Catholic population at 123 million people.

Source: Wikipedia

There are 2500 airports in Brazil: the second largest number after the USA.

Source: Wikipedia

In 2005, one fifth of the Amazon rainforests had been cleared by deforestation.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil was a colony of Portugal from 1500 until 1815.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil's name comes from Brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the coast.

Source: Wikipedia

Christ Redeemer statue with Rio Horse Race Track at background.© ricardo cohen - rcview/Shutterstock

Tickets for Brazil's famous Carnaval can cost anything from US$69 to $3000.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil has won 5 world cups. That's more than any country.

Source: Wikipedia

Feijoada is Brazil's national dish and is made from a stew of beef, beans and pork.

Source: Wikipedia

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, but there are over 180 native languages including Apalaí, Tucano and Caribe.

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil is one of the world's leading producers of hydroelectric power.

Source: Wikinut

Brasilia skyline, the federal capital of Brazil.© evenfh/Shutterstock

Brazil nuts, despite their name, do not come from Brazil. Brazilians call them chestnuts.

Source: The Telegraph
Brazil's motto is "order and progress".

Source: Wikipedia

Brazil's economy is predicted to overtake Germany's by 2032.

Source: Business Insider

Explore more of Brazil with the Rough Guide to Brazil.

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