Country Profile - Brazil

Name: Federative Republic of Brazil

Location: South America

Time: Brazil spans several time zones from IST (-) 7 1/2 to (-) 10 1/2 hrs

Capital: Brasilia

Language: Portuguese, English, and a large number of minor Amerindian languages

Area: 8,547,403 sq kms

Population: 203,429,773 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 07 Sep (Independence Day)

Currency: Brazil Real 1(BRL).

Climate: Varies from arid scrubland in the interior to the impassable tropical rainforests of the northerly Amazon jungle and the tropical eastern coastal beaches. The south is more temperate. Rainy seasons occur from January to April in the north, April to July in the northeast and November to March in the Rio/São Paulo area.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 17 Feb Carnival. 1 May Labour Day. 7 Sep Independence Day. 2 Nov All Souls' Day. 15 Nov Republic Day. 24 Dec Christmas Eve. 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Varig (RG)

International Airports: Galeao(GIG) (Rio De Janeiro), Guarulhos (Sao Paulo) (VCP), Brasilia International (BSB)