When you think of Brazil, you tend to imagine sweeping beaches, and the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a huge country, but here are a few interesting facts that you can share with your family and friends that they might not know.
1) The Soccer Elite
Every country has a national sport, and for Brazil that is football or as we say in North America soccer. Brazil isn’t just good at soccer, it’s the best. As the national sport, everyone in Brazil has a favorite team, and when a game is on everyone is glued to their televisions. The national team, which competes for the FIFA World Cup, has so many good players to choose from that they have won the cup a total of five times.
2) The Amazon
Most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil, which means the majority of the Amazon River also runs through the country. Do you know what the longest river in the world is? The Nile River in Egypt is the longest, but Brazil contains the second longest – the Amazon. This river runs a total of 6,400 kilometers.
3) Brazilian School Life
Grade school in Brazil looks a little bit different than it does in North America. For one, children’s parents can choose to have their children attend school in the mornings or in the evenings. This is very helpful for teenagers, who learn better at night then early in the morning. Other than being able to pick what time of day you want your kids to study, Brazilian school life is pretty similar to North America’s.
4) The Wildlife
As Brazil contains the Amazon rainforest, it means that there is a ton of different flora and fauna to explore in the country. In fact, when it comes to birds, there are over 1,700 different kinds. To make it even crazier, there are 5,000 species of fish, and 650 different species of reptiles. Wherever you look in the wilds of Brazil, you are pretty much guaranteed to stumble across a species of some animal you’ve never seen before. Scientists believe that there are a lot of plants yet to be discovered, and some of these might have medicinal purposes that can cure different diseases.
5) It’s All In A Name
Have you ever wondered why Brazil is called Brazil? When the country was first founded, it was a major lumber producer. A very specific tree was the one most often logged for export abroad – it was called the Brazilwood. The Brazilwood was in high demand, and it was first logged in the 16th century. Portuguese ships would sail to Brazil specifically for this lumber, as it was used for a lot of buildings in Portugal and for trade with other European nations.
Now share these facts, and see if your friends and family know any other cool ones!