Brazil is located in South America, and is the fifth largest country of the world. Brazil borders all the countries in South America except Chile and Ecuador. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Its tropical climate and vast natural resources combine to make Brazil's agricultural industry very strong. Another benefit of Brazil's location and tropical climate is its strong tourism industry, which also includes ecotourism.
Population: 201 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: White (53.7%), Mulatto (mixed white and black) (38.5%), black (6.2%), other (Asian, Arab, Amerindian, etc.) (0.9%), unspecified (0.7%)
Languages: Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language). Less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages.
Religions:Roman Catholic (73.6%), Protestant (15.4%), Spiritualist (1.3%), Bantu/Voodoo (0.3%), other (1.8%), unspecified (0.2%), none (7.4%)
Brazilians In Toronto
In Canada: 15,755
In the GTA: 6,610
In the City of Toronto: 3,195
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, King, Caledon, Brampton
Brazil was under authoritarian military rule from 1964 until multiparty democracy was restored in 1985. The military rule left behind inefficient bureaucracies and social inequality, but more robust economic policies since then have helped Brazil. The massive gap between the rich and poor continues to exist, but has become smaller. Transparency and accountability are increasing as corruption and cronyism have been tackled aggressively. Brazil is home to a large Christian majority, most of whom identify as Catholic. Also present in the country are Afro-Brazilian religions such as Umbanda, which is a rapidly growing sect. All of Brazil's religious groups co-exist peacefully; there is freedom of religion and separation of church and state.
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