Capital Brasília

Population 206,135,893

Area 8,515,767 km2

Key facts

Brazil is a country located in South America. There are 10 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela) that Brazil shares its borders with. The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. Traveling across Brazil if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Brazil was ranked 60th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Brazil is Brazilian real (BRL). The real (R$) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 5.53 BRL and 1 USD is worth 5.15 BRL.

Brazilian
Banknotes

R$2R$5R$10R$20R$50R$100R$1

Brazilian
Coins

5102550R$11

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Brazil is 172.2 Mbps and mobile is 118.96 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Brazil has more ATMs than most other countries.96.56 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Brazil, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Brazil. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type N is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type C 127 V, 220 V, 60 Hz  Type N 127 V, 220 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Brazil will celebrate 12 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are one holiday that are only celebrated in certain parts of Brazil. The next one Carnival will take place on February 21.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayConfraternização Universal
February 21, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalCarnaval
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridaySexta-feira Santa
April 9, 2023Moving holiday Easter SundayDomingo de Páscoa
April 21, 2023 TiradentesDia de Tiradentes
May 1, 2023 Labour DayDia do Trabalhador
June 8, 2023Moving holiday Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi
July 9, 2023 Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932Revolução Constitucionalista de 1932 Regional holiday
September 7, 2023 Independence DayDia da Independência
October 12, 2023 Our Lady of AparecidaNossa Senhora Aparecida
November 2, 2023 All Souls’ DayDia de Finados
November 15, 2023 Republic Proclamation DayProclamação da República
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNatal

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Brazil?

There are Mariott hotels in Guarulhos.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Brazil.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Brazil.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Brazil.

There are no Radisson hotels in Brazil.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Brazil.

What fast food chains are present in Brazil?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Brazil.

The KFC chain operates in Brazil.

The Burger King chain operates in Brazil.

The Subway chain operates in Brazil.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Brazil.

The Starbucks chain operates in Brazil.

Weather

What is the weather like in Brasília?

Today the sun in Brasília, rises at 6:03 AM and sets at 6:47 PM. The climate of Brasília may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8OvercastLow: 19.5°C (67.1°F)High: 28.8°C (83.84°F)
TodayFeb 9Rain showersLow: 19.9°C (67.82°F)High: 27.3°C (81.14°F)
FridayFeb 10OvercastLow: 18.4°C (65.12°F)High: 28.4°C (83.12°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: 19.7°C (67.46°F)High: 30.2°C (86.36°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 20.3°C (68.54°F)High: 28°C (82.4°F)
MondayFeb 13Rain showersLow: 19.4°C (66.92°F)High: 27.4°C (81.32°F)

Weather data for Brasília (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in 8 cities.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 131 cities. Bolt is not available in Brazil.

Car Rental Avis is available, but Sixt , Hertz are not present in Brazil.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.8, Brazil is placed 72nd out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Brazil traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  632.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 16.00 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Brazil

190 Police
192 Ambulance
192 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Illegal
Medical usage: Legal in certain circumstances

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