Brazil Facts Capital: BrasiliaGovernment Type: Federal republicCurrency: real (BRL)Population: 201,009,622Total Area: 3,287,594 Square Miles8,514,877 Square KilometersLocation: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic OceanLanguage: Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language) LanguagesPortuguese (official and most widely spoken language). Portuguese is Brazil's official language. English, German, and French are popular second languages. Although Spanish is also understood by Portuguese speakers, some Brazilians may be offended when deliberately spoken in Spanish. note: less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages   The Brazilian People   Brazilians greet each other with a handshake; good friends often embrace. Women often kiss each other on alternating cheeks. When joining or leaving a small group, it is polite to shake hands with all who ar...


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