Orando pelo Brasil

Federal Republic of Brazil

Geography

Land area: 8,511,965 sq km

One-half of the land surface and population of South America. The world’s fifth largest country in both area and population.

Population: 207,353,391      

Capital: Brasilia

Official language: Portuguese

Languages: 193

The Portuguese discovered Brazil by accident when Pedro Alvares Cabral landed on 23 April 1500 on his way to India.

Coffee was first grown in Amazonia in 1727. In the late 18th century it spread across Brazil and from the mid 19th century it boomed.

The ever-shrinking population of indigenous Amerindians, who in 1500 A.D. numbered over 6 million but today number less than 250,000.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Social Inequalities

Of the 200 million people in the nation, 40 million Brazilians live below the poverty line.  While the richest 10% of Brazilians garner nearly half the income of Brazil, the poorest 10% get less than 1%. In Rio de Janeiro, 20-25% of the city’s population lives in slums called favelas.  Within these slums, hundreds of thousands of street children find themselves trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and violence, and many suffer from AIDS.

Religion in Brazil

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