Brazil

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Brazilian Portuguese

The national language of Brazil is Portuguese. Although Brazilian Portuguese and the language of Portugal are different in vocabulary, spelling, and syntax, they are still similar enough to where someone who speaks Brazilian Portuguese would understand someone who speaks European Portuguese. The main difference in Brazilian Portuguese is the vocabulary and pronunciation of words. An example of a difference in the two languages would be that in Brazil, to say train you would say trem while in Portugal you would say comboio. They both also share the same words, but in the one of these, the word could mean one thing and in the other mean something completely different.

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Brazil's Economy

Brazil suffered immensely from the collapse of world oil prices, leaving it to be in a debt of one hundred billion dollars in the 1990s and two hundred billion dollars in 2003. Beginning in the 1990s, Brazil began to privatize industries owned by the government. But by the time 2006 came around, Brazil was able to repay the IMF for the money it owed for the loans to pay off the country's debt. The country's growth rebounded before failing in 2012 once again. Brazil's main partners in trade are the United States, Germany, Argentina, and China.

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Brazil's Climate

Brazil has mainly a humid tropical and subtropical climate. Most of Brazil receives 40-70 inches of rain per year. The Northeast receives extreme weather, such as long droughts or storms and floods. The lowlands have an average of 79 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer while the coast of Rio Grande do Sul averages to 73 degrees Fahrenheit. However, The Amazon lowlands do not experience much temperature change when winter arrives.

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Brazilian Religion

The main religion in Brazil is Roman Catholic, abut 66% of the Brazilian population is Roman Catholic. The reason of this is because after independence, the Catholics dominated incoming immigrants, leading to this result years and years later. Now, even though the dominating religion is Catholicism, there is still increasing percentages of other religions. Some other religions would include Orthodoxy, Buddhism, and Islam. Some Brazilians even blend Christianity with spiritualistic practices.

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