The superpower of South America

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Brazil, the largest country in South America and one of the world’s most important emerging economies.

Built on immigration, Brazil’s ever-growing popularity as an expat destination stems from the good job prospects and interesting investment opportunities it provides, along with a famously laid-back way of life, excellent food, sensational scenery and buzzing nightlife.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: Over 209 million
  • Capital city: Brasília
  • Neighbouring Brazil: French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay.
  • Main languages: Portuguese is the official language, but English and Spanish are occasionally used in cities and business.
  • Time: Brazil spans four time zones from GMT-2 (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) to GMT-5 (in the Western regions). In some parts of the country, clocks move forward an hour in October and back an hour in February.

With over 5000 welcoming municipalities to entice, there is much to be seen in festive Brazil. Entrepreneurs beware of the "Brazil cost".

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Decide for a place close to the office to live. Quality of life is part of the benefit.

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