Population : 172 million, the sixth most populated
country in the world after China, India, the United States, Indonesia
The Brazilian population is mostly young, with 62% under the age
Languages : Brazil is the only country in America
that speaks Portuguese (Brazilian Portuguese)
Religion : there is no official religion, all though
at least 90% of the country is Roman Catholic (Brazil has the
largest Catholic population in the world). There is also an enormous
variety of religions associated with African animist divinities.
Land mass : 8 547 403 km
Capital : On the 21st of April 1960, Brasilia
was officially inaugurated as the new capital of Brazil. However,
the second largest city, has stayed the cultural capital and the
more famous city.
Principal cities : Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao
Pãolo (with more than 10 million inhabitants, Sao Pãolo
is the most populated city in the country), Salvador, Belo Horizonte,
Curitiba, Recife, Porto Alegre.
University cities : Rio de Janeiro, Sao Pãolo,
Belo Horisonte, Brasilia, . . .
Student population : more than 18% of the adult population
in Brazil is illiterate. In 1988 there were 1.5 million students
among 817 higher education establishments.
In 1989, there were 902 institutions of third level higher education
in which 93 where universities.
The Brazilian constitution of 1988 allocates 25% of its federal
and local tax revenues towards education.
Number of students : 1.8 million