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Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil), is the largest and most populous country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world in both area and population. Its territory covers 8,514,876.599 km² between central South America and the Atlantic Ocean and it is the easternmost country of the Americas. It borders Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and the département of French Guiana to the north, Uruguay to the south, Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest, Bolivia and Peru to the west, and Colombia to the northwest. The only South American countries not bordered by Brazil are Ecuador and Chile.
The Brazilian coastline covers 7,367km (4,655 mi) along the Atlantic ocean. Numerous archipelagos are part of the Brazilian territory, such as Penedos de São Pedro e São Paulo, Fernando de Noronha, Trindade e Martim Vaz and Atol das Rocas. Tropical climate is predominant. In the south of the country, subtropical climate prevails. Brazil is traversed by the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn lines. It is home to varied fauna and flora and extensive natural resources.
The Brazilian population tends to concentrate along the coastline in large urban centers. While Brazil has one of the largest populations in the world, population density is low and the inner continental land has large demographical empty spaces. It is a multiracial country composed of European, Amerindian, African and Asian elements, more often combined in the same individual than separated into different communities. The official language is Portuguese, and it is the only Portuguese-speaking country in all the Americas. Catholicism is the predominant religion, though Protestant communities have experienced significant growth in the last decades. Brazil has the largest Roman Catholic population in the world.
The Amazon Rainforest
: Floresta Amazônica
: Selva Amazónica
) is a moist broadleaf forest
in the Amazon Basin
of South America
. The area, also known as Amazonia
, the Amazon jungle
or the Amazon Basin
, encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres (1.7×
acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5,500,000 square kilometres (1.4×
acres), located within nine nations: Brazil
(with 60 percent of the rainforest), Peru
(with 13 percent of the rainforest, second after Brazil), Colombia
, and French Guiana
. States or departments in four nations bear the name Amazonas
after it. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests
and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest
in the world. The area is home to several diseases; Malaria, yellow fever and Dengue fever can be contracted in the Amazon region. Currently, deforestation is rising in the Amazon rainforest; at the current rate, in two decades the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40%.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
(born March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre
), commonly known as Ronaldinho
or Ronaldinho Gaúcho
(Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁonaɫˈdʒiɲu ɡaˈuʃu]
), is a Brazilian footballer
who plays for Serie A
side AC Milan
and the Brazil national team
Ronaldinho, meaning "little Ronaldo," is better known in Brazil by the nickname Ronaldinho Gaúcho, in order to distinguish him from Ronaldo, who was already called "Ronaldinho" in Brazil. Ronaldo simply went by his first name upon his move to Europe, thereby allowing Ronaldinho to drop the "Gaúcho" and remain simply as Ronaldinho. Among his many achievements and accolades, Ronaldinho is a two-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year and FIFPro World Player of the Year awards. He became a Spanish citizen in January 2007.
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Goiânia , is the capital and the largest city in the Brazilian state of Goiás. With a population of 1,265,394 people, it is the second largest city in the Central-West Region and the thirteenth largest in the country. Its metropolitan area has a total population of 2,063,744, being the eleventh largest in Brazil.