Country: Brazil

Population: 190,010,647

Capital: Brasilia

Time Zone: UTC-3

Currency Name: Real

Government Type: Federal Republic

Languages: Portuguese (official), Spanish, English, French

Ethnic Breakdown: white 53.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 38.5%, black 6.2%

Religion: Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%

Major Cities: Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro

Phone Country Code: 55

Health Concerns: Dengue fever, malaria, rabies, yellow fever, meningococcal meningitis

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: December - February

Voltage: 110/220 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b, c

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Carnival, Easter, April 21 (Tiradentes), May 1 (Labor Day), September 7 (Independence Day), October 12 (Our Lady Aparecida), November 2 (Finados), November 15 (Proclamation of the Republic), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Brasilia is a manufactured capital, constructed as a unifying symbol because there was not one available.