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Learn some interesting information about Brazil while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!

Read about the Amazon River, Brazilian animals, its coastline, major cities, language, climate, economy, favorite sport and much more.

  • Brazil is the largest country in South America.

  • The name Brazil comes from a tree named brazilwood.

  • It is called Brasil in Portuguese, the official language spoken in Brazil.

  • Brazil is the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese.

  • Portugal claimed the land of Brazil in the year 1500. Independence was declared in 1822.

  • Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world by both land area and population.

  • The population in 2012 was around 194 million people.

  • The capital city is Brasilia, while the largest city is Sao Paulo.

  • Other major cities include Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza.

  • In Brazil they drive on the right-hand side of the road.

  • Brazil has a large coastline on the eastern side of South America, stretching 7491 kilometres (4655 miles) in length.

  • Brazil shares a border with all South American countries except for Chile and Ecuador.

  • Brazil covers 3 time zones.

  • Brazil has one of the largest economies in the world.

  • Brazil is one of the 77 founding members of the United Nations.

  • The Amazon River flows through Brazil, it is the 2nd longest river in the world (after the Nile).

  • Around 60% of the Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil.

  • The climate in the majority of Brazil is tropical.

  • Brazil is home to a wide range of animals, including armadillo, tapirs, jaguars and pumas.

  • Human activities such as logging, mining fishing and agriculture are important to the Brazilian economy but are also a serious threat to Brazil's diverse environment.

  • Millions of tourists visit Brazil every year.

  • There are around 2500 airports in Brazil.

  • Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Brazil with the national team consistently among the best in the world, winning the World Cup a record 5 times.

  • For more information, check out maps of Brazil or take a closer look at the Brazilian flag.

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