Quick Facts List about Brazil
Brazil is beautiful place stereotyped as the home of Pelé, Ronaldo, Samba, Capoeira and Favelas.
Apart from being a 5 time champion of FIFA's world cup, here is a little quick facts list to broaden your perspective of our huge but not very known country.
Now a little about our problems:
Embraer is the fourth largest manufacturer of commercial aircrafts.
Petrobras is worth more money than Microsoft.
We have the second largest mining company of the world, Vale do Rio Doce.
If you like orange juice it is likely that you've already drank brazilian orange juice without knowing it. We are responsible for 80% of world's production (I've read somewhere that it was 85%).
Brazil is the 2nd largest ethanol producer. We extract it from sugar cane. Don't come with the "global food crisis versus agrocarburants" stuff because we've been doing that since the 80's.
Most of brazilian vehicles these days are flex fuel (gasoline and ethanol).
We are also the largest producer of coffee, we're among the top producers of soy bean, sugar, etc, etc, etc.
We are also among the top producer and exporters of beef and poultry.
Some brazilians tell a bad taste joke that says: "The europeans destroyed their forests, now it is our turn to destroy ours".
Because of the country's size, brazilians are megalomaniacs :) (evidence in the previous facts on this page)
However, with all that wealth and food production, part of our population starve...
Our goverment and business men are rich (and most of them are corrupt too), but the majority of population is poor.
We have a lot of social issues. Most people from our middle class just talk about the good stuff when they talk to foreigners. But I prefer not to pretend to be blind about our social reality.
We are far from an even distribution of wealth, which causes a huge problem that is far away from being fixed.