The climate of Brazil
comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and
varied topography, but most of the country is tropical.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, and is spoken by more than
99% of the population. Minority languages include indigenous languages,
and languages of more recent European and Asian immigrants. The
population speaks or signs approximately 210 languages, of which 80 are
The Brazilian real, also denoted by BRL, is the official currency of
Brazil. The BRL was implemented on July 1, 1994. The Minister of
Finances at the time, Fernando Cardoso, was soon elected President as
the success of the new currency took off.
of Brazil in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 178, 470, 000, which
placed it as number 5 in population among the 193 nations of the world.
Bras lia is the
capital of Brazil. The name is commonly spelled Brasilia in English. The city
and its District are located in the Central-West region of the country, along a
plateau known as Planalto Central.