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Brazil

Brazil
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:110/220V*
Frequency:60 Hz
Plug types:, C,
Note:*127V found in states of Bahia, Paraná (including Curitiba), Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais (though 220V may be found in some hotels).  Other areas are 220V only, with the exception of Fortaleza (240V). 
TV Systems:
System:PAL M
DVD-Region: 4
Geography

Location:
Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Area:
total: 8,511,965 sq km
land: 8,456,510 sq km
water: 55,455 sq km
Climate:
mostly tropical, but temperate in south
Terrain:
mostly flat to rolling lowlands in north; some plains, hills, mountains, and narrow coastal belt
Economy
GDP: $1.556 trillion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 2.4% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $8,400 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 6.9% (2005 est.)
Currency: real (BRL)
Exchange rates:
reals per US dollar - 2.4344 (2005), 2.9251 (2004), 3.0771 (2003), 2.9208 (2002), 2.3577 (2001)
People
Population:
note: Brazil conducted a census in August 2000, which reported a population of 169,799,170; that figure was about 3.3% lower than projections by the US Census Bureau, and is close to the implied underenumeration of 4.6% for the 1991 census; estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 1.04% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 7.4% (2000 census)
Languages:
Portuguese (official), Spanish, English, French
Government
Capital:
name: Brasilia
time difference: UTC-3 (2 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins third Sunday in October; ends third Sunday in February
note: Brazil is divided into four time zones, including one for the Fernando de Noronha islands
Independence:
7 September 1822 (from Portugal)


Note: Information on Brazil was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Brazil, please visit one of the links below.


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