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Apr 25, 2012

 Brazil is the sixth economy in the world, behind the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France. Brazil is the fifth largest country in area and according to data from Census 2010, conducted by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics (IBGE) has 190,755,799 inhabitants, which makes the country's fifth most populous nation on the planet, behind China, India, USA and Indonesia, respectively.

Well, Brazil is Brazil - a great and unique country, populated mostly by whites, then blacks and browns and 817 000 people declared themselves indigenous.
Brazil, a country of many contrasts and various shades… the only country that speaks Portuguese in one hemisphere of the Spanish-speaking neighbors, which is not easy to explain but Brasil is a country that is easy to appreciate and love.

Our territory was already inhabited by a large population of Indians who lived by their own organizations and traditions, when the Portuguese landed here on April 22, 1500. But until now Brazil has not been fully discovered, there is a vast and mysterious territory to be discovered. Brasil has a distorted image abroad, being said Just as a beautiful country, which is a heaven for football, corruption, violence, samba, carnival and freedom.

The stabel political situation in Brazil attracts investors and its hard-won democracy also provides foreign investors the assurance that there will be no revolution here. 
The development came somehow fast. The country already has a car for every five Brazilians, although in many cities now have less than two people per vehicle, just like in Germany and the United States.
Brazil reached the mark of 210.5 million mobile phone subscribers in March this year, according to the National Telecommunications Agency..
Brazil has 137,000 millionaires and 30 billionaires, according to Forbes Magazine, that assures that this trend should continue for at least another three years. 

However amid the population and economic growth, some of the data revealed by the IBGE refers us to a bleak reality. There are still 14.1 million illiterates in the country, most young men who live in the Northeast, more than 7 million children work in Brazil while they should be in classrooms.
Violence numbers were released by the National Penitentiary Department – DEPEN; 513,802 Brazilians are in jail. And why are they in prison? Well in Brazil, 137 people are killed per day.
Brazil has incredible 16.2 million people living in extreme poverty. For a person to be framed within the concept of extreme poverty, she must have monthly income up to $ 70 per month or slightly more than $ 2 per day. Unbelievable, isn´t?

Brazil still has a long way to go if the country really wants to improve its standards of social life. I do not know if the placement as the sixth largest economy in the world helps beyond the question of pride.Still affected by basic problems such as poor income distribution and social injustices, most Brazilians seem to overlook the millions of hungry people, which are hidden on the outskirts of large cities.

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Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2012, 9:16 pm
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