Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America has a wide range of options to visit. Brazil is different from any other place in the Western Hemisphere. The spoken language is Portuguese and not Spanish. Also Brazil received a larger influx of African slaves than any other South American country. Brazil has an important historical centers and national parks, such as Guararapes, Recife and Serra da Canastra in Minas General.
Many students do exchange in Brazil to study. Brazil offers a free foreign degree according to the Education Portal. “The number of foreigners grew 53% over the past two years – all entered the country with student visas. According to the Federal Police, the number of people jumped from 5142 in 2007 to 7889 in 2009. The reason is because higher education is free for some students. Today, some 2700 foreigners studying in Brazil through the program. Over the past five years, the average inflow was 604 new students per year. Last year, the University of São Paulo (USP) received 832 exchange students, of whom 134 were SGP-G. The university has agreements with 472 institutions from 53 countries”.

Create in 1980 by IBDF (Brazilian Institute for Forest Development), the Tamar project aims to preserve endangered marine turtles. According to data from the project about nine million turtles have been saved. Work began in Bahia (Praia do Forte), Espírito Santo (Train) and Sergipe (Pirambú). Can you visit this project’s facilities to see the turtles all around the Brazilian coast – for instance, the friend in the photo above is available to meet you Every day from 9:00 to 17:00 in the project center on Praia do Forte. The idea is fantastic and has many people involved in this project, volunteers and non-profit institutions. If you want to know the project adopt a turtle and buy a t-shirt will be doing their part in those animals so very friendly benefits. The project also aims to environmental education, raising awareness about the preservation of marine life. When animals are found sick, injured are rehabilitated and returned to the sea

Couples couldn’t pick a better destination than Brazil for their honeymoon. Many styles of music pulsate throughout this South American country. Some, such as bossa nova and samba, are well known outside Brazil, while others, including axe, choro, forro and frevo, are more localized. There’s music to celebrate Carnival, music inspired by martial arts, music that sounds like hyped-up marching bands and music that requires an accordion. Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian influences pervade many genres. And there are much more amazing things to enjoy in this wonderful and huge tropical country, which got independent from Portugal in 1822. Its people are vivacious, generous and very outward going.

For the first time in more than 30 years, Brazil and the United States are going to sign a military agreement on Monday. This will be the major bilateral military cooperation agreement between the two countries since 1977, when Brazil was still a military dictatorship.  Earlier this week, a senior U.S. government official told The Associated Press that the agreement provides a broad framework for military cooperation but differs from military pacts Washington has with Colombia and its NATO partners. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.”It deals with military exchanges, everything from comparing military equipment to the exchange of students and instructors at military academies,” the official said. “There will be provisions for U.S. Navy ship visits and sharing lessons in peacekeeping.” According to Brazilian press reports, the agreement would create a “multinational, multifunction” base in Rio de Janeiro to monitor drug trafficking.  O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper, which broke the story, did not specify what role the US military would play, but the article says that foreigners cannot command operations in Brazil.

Why Brazilians are so optimistic these days? The inhabitants of the largest economy of Latin America were always seen as having a very positive vision of life, buy now they seem to be overoptimistic. The well-known BBC presenter Robin Lustic went to Brazil to find out what makes them so happy: “For millions of them, the past few years have brought greater wealth, more jobs – and with them, it seems, more happiness. In four years’ time, Rio will host the World Cup final, and two years later, in 2016, the Olympic Games. What more could anyone want?” – says him, adding: “Over the past decade, average income for the least well-off in Brazil has risen by more than 70 per cent. For the richest, incomes have risen by just 11 per cent. As a result, the gap between the rich and the poor has narrowed. Between 2003 and 2008, more than 30 million people were lifted out of poverty.”

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Finally, Americans and Europeans are discovering one of the most incredible places in Brazil: Trancoso, which  is a former fishing village, located in the far south of Bahia´s state, in the sunny Northeast of the country. Its unspoiled beaches and amazing natural beauty  has turned it into a super-trendy getaway for Brazilians and fashionable jet-setters willing to pay St.-Tropez prices for rustic accommodations on an inspirational beach.

“In January, Rodrigo Hilbert and his wife, Fernanda Lima, both Brazilian television actors, were spotted dancing at the Pink Elephant beach club. Francesca Versace and Dimitri Mussard, an heir to the Hermès fortune, party-hopped in Trancoso over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. And the Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto tied the knot here in February in an informal wedding with 50 guests” – writes ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO, in The NewYork Times.


Unknown to many outside Brazil, the cultural significance of cachaça, a distilled liquor, ranks among soccer, carnival, and samba. Although non-Brazilian’s compare cachaça to rum, their only similarity is that they both originate from sugarcane. Cachaça first gained popularity among slaves and peasants during Brazil’s colonial period but the spirit has recently become a favorite domestically and internationally regardless of the drinker’s class. Also, Brazilian cachaça exports to Europe and the United States have been aided by the trendy drink caipirinha. The cocktail’s global success has inspired other Caribbean and South American states to produce their own cachaça-like alcohols. Consequently, the Brazilian government has initiated protectionist measures at home and abroad to preserve cachaça’s foreign markets. These developments bring together cachaça’s trade, cultural, and environmental aspects.

Eike Batista jumped 53 spots in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s richest people and had its biggest increase in net worth as the value of his oil, mining, energy and transportation companies soared.  Batista, 53, is the world’s eighth-richest person, with a net worth of $27 billion, Forbes said. That’s an increase of $19.5 billion from last year, when Forbes ranked him the 61st richest individual. Mexico’s Carlos Slim beat out Bill Gates and Warren Buffett for the top spot on the list, becoming the first person from outside the U.S. to lead it in 16 years.

Brazil is in 142nd place on female representation around the world, according with study by Inter-Parliamentary Union. It shouldn´t be so, because female voters outnumbers by far male voters. In the 2008 elections, there were 5 million more female voters than male – a difference of around 4% of the voting population. The October general elections in Brazil are expected to have the biggest participation of women in the country’s history. On the federal level, Brazil has only ten female senators (out of 81), 45 female deputies (representatives) (out of 513), two female justices on the Supreme Court (out of 11) and, during his almost eight years in office, president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has had six different women in his cabinet at different times (two at the moment). This year, two major candidates for the presidency will be women: the internationally acclaimed former Environment Minister, Marina Silva, for the Green Party; and president´s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva hand picked candidate for the Workers Party´s, current Lula´s Chief of Staff, Dilma Rousseff.

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The state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil just unveiled a glittering new government complex by legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, still working at the age of 102. His latest creation covers an expanse of 804,000 square meters, including a 265,000 square meter building housing the new seat of government. With the opening of the new complex, Belo Horizonte, the regional capital of Minas Gerais, becomes the city with the greatest number of building by Niemeyer: 14. The headquarters for the Minas Government will house around of 3000 employees that work in the Government, Vice-Government and the Military Office. In addition to the four floors, the building is formed by an underground and piers, performing 21 thousand square meters of built area. In the indoors, it will count with a hall with an area of 1,200 square meters, which will be designed for official solemnities and support services.  Oscar Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro, 15 Dec 1907.  An internationally acclaimed doyen of the Modern Movement, the Brazilian architect developed an intensely expressive and often controversial style in his large volume of executed work that was extremely influential in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, in the three decades from 1935. He employed an often exuberant aesthetic formalism, and his lyrical use of reinforced concrete was rivalled only by the later work of the French Le Corbusier.