The Republic of Brazil is the largest and most populous nation in South America, and it ranks fifth in both of those categories worldwide. The nation stretches from the Atlantic to the Andes Mountains and encompasses within its territory the vast Amazonian rainforest. It has many large cities along its eastern coastal plain, such as the huge metro zones of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, but the capital (Brasilia) is located inland. Its borders touch every other South American nation except Chile and Ecuador.
Brazil’s economy is the biggest in Latin America and the seventh biggest in the world, and until 2010 (before the worldwide recession hit them), it had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Its workforce is over 100 million strong, and unemployment is at only six percent. Brazil has enormous natural resources that bolster its mining and agricultural undertakings. Some of the main natural products are: iron ore, coffee, rubber trees, oranges, soybeans, and beef. Some of its main manufactured exports include: steel, shoes, textiles, cars, and ethanol fuel. Tourism is another major source of national income, and Brazil sees more foreigner visitors each year than any other South American nation except Argentina.
Brazil’s road system is the main passenger as well as freight transport means in Brazil, and its two million km (1.2 million mi) of roads place it among the most well-connected nations on the planet. Rail track in Brazil totals 31,000 km (19,000 mi), and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Porto Alegre, and the other main cities each have their own metro systems as well. Brazil’s number of airports (2,500) is surpassed only by the United States, with São Paulo-Guarulhos International being its busiest at 20 million passengers a year.
Brazil has a long string of port cities along its Atlantic coast (36 of them deep-water), but some of the most important ports are: Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Rio Grande, Vitória, and São Francisco do Sul. Another important port, Manaus, is located up the Amazon River and facilitates shipments from Manaus’ substantial industrial complex. In the interests of being a “good neighbor,” Brazil has granted free use of the port of Santos to the land-locked nations of Paraguay and Bolivia.
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