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.

 

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

  2. Brazil borders all South American countries except Chile and Ecuador.

  3. Portugese is the official language of Brazil, but there are also over 180 native languages, including Apalai, Tucano and Caribe.

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

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

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

  3. Brazil’s economy is predicted to overtake Germany’s by 2032.

Coffee beans© karbunar/Shutterstock

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

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

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

21 things you never knew about Brazil: Street with buildings in the old colonial town of Paraty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.© hbpro/Shutterstock

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

  1. Brazil’s motto is “Order and Progress”.

  1. Brazil’s name comes from brazilwood, a tree that once grew plentifully along the coast.

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

  1. Tickets for Brazil’s famous Carnaval can cost anything from US$60 to $3000.

  1. Brazil has won 5 World Cups – that’s more than any nation.

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

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

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

Explore more of Brazil with the Rough Guide to Brazil.

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