Posted by Claire Leal on Saturday, March 30, 2013 Under: Brazil Information
Federative Republic of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff (elected 2010)
Served as Minister of Energy and then Chief of Staff under da Silva who chose her as his successor;
Economist; former city and provincial official; imprisoned in the 70s for leftist activities under Brazil’s military regime.
Brazil’s first female president
2.4 million (2007)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES (ranked by population)
Rio de Janeiro
41% Mixed race
Many indigenous languages
74% Roman Catholic
15% % Protestant
3,284,470 square miles
28 National Parks
6 National Ecological Reserves
23 National Biological Reserves
Ipe-amarelo (Tecoma chrysostricha)
Mining (iron ore, tin, quartz)
Manufacturing (textiles, shoes, chemicals, steel)
MAJOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS
1/1 New Year's Day
Feb (or Mar) Carnaval
Mar/Apr Good Friday
4/21 Remembrance of Tiradentes (French Revolutionary hero, Civic Patron of Brazil, symbolizing power of the people)
5/1 Labor Day
May (or June) Corpus Christi
9/7 Independence Day
10/12 Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Catholic Patroness of Brazil)
11/2 Dia dos Finados (Day of the Dead)
11/15 Proclamation of the Republic
Visitors can expect superb cuisine on Brazil tours, with heavy influences from Europe (especially Italy and Portugal) and Africa. Among the delectable entrées are feijoada, a pork stew with black beans, chorizo and bacon. One mainstay is the cassava (manioc) tuber that is used as a component in stews and soups or fried as chips. On Brazil tours at Christmas time, visitors may experience the culinary tradition of roast piglet. Favorite side dishes include polenta, pepper-scented rice, fried bananas, ambrosia and coconut puddings and orange salad. Chayote (or "chuchu") is a green vegetable of the gourd family that is baked in a cheese sauce. Snack foods include "pastel" and "empada", mixtures of meats, fish and cheese in pastries, baked or fried, and "quejadinha", an amalgam of coconut and parmesan. One of the country's most famous regional cuisines is from the southern state of Minas Gerais. Brazil also produces quality wine.
INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODE
Four time zones; Most of Brazil is US Eastern Standard Time + 1 hr during most, but not all of the year, so it is best to check local time on arrival.
Some is 110V and some 220V. Plugs are round, the same as those used in Europe.
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