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Welcome to Brazil! It is South America’s largest country and the only Portuguese-speaking nation on the continent. Brazil has a population of around 200 million – that’s twice the size of Mexico’s population and almost three times as many people as there are living in the UK. – There is a link at the bottom of this page for you to follow to read more!

Brasilia Cathedral

Museum and Cathedral in Brasília, Brazil’s capital

Most of Brazil is in the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are opposite to those in the UK and USA. The Brazilian summer runs from January to March and the winter from July to September. So Christmas falls in Brazil’s sunniest month, while in the UK, school summer holidays actually take place during Brazil’s winter!

Beaches of Brazil, Geography for kids

Rio in January

Brazil is famous for its nature and wildlife. It is home to one of the world’s longest rivers, the River Amazon, which carries one-fifth of all the fresh water flowing in rivers on the planet today – wow! More than half of the Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil. The Amazon Rainforest is a really important ecosystem: this special environment is home to the greatest number of plants and animals worldwide.

Brazil also has some of the most exciting cities in the world, including the very modern capital, Brasilia, super-sized São Paulo and, of course,Rio de Janeiro, with its world-renowned Carnival.

Rio Carnival for kids

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Did you know, Brazil is so huge that the whole of Western Europe could fit inside its borders? And like Europe, it’s very varied – there’s a lot going on there. So, it makes sense to look at just one or two regions within it. In our Country Close Up, we’ll take you to two top locations within Brazil.

If you fancy the bright lights of the city, take a look at Rio and the South East – there are more than 30 pages of facts, films and photographs. Sportingly, we’ve included lots of info about the 2014 World Cup and preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


Size: 5,500,000 square kilometres (or more than 2,100,000 square miles)

Country: Over half of the Amazon rainforest is found in Brazil with the remainder in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana and Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

Continent: South America

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and it is the most specie-rich (scientists say bio-diverse) place on Earth. It is home to over 500 species of mammals including the fearsome jaguar, and some pretty cheeky monkeys!

Amazon rainforest -Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin

One fifth of the world’s birds live here including the brightly coloured macaw!

Amazon Rainforest - Macaw

If you’re a reptile fan the Amazon is also a great place, with 175 types of lizard alone and over 300 other reptile species.

Amazon Rainforest Iguana


It is estimated that about 30 million insect types can be found here. And that includes a lot of ants and other little beasties! The rainforest is literally teeming with life. It has also been described as the ‘lungs of our planet’ because about a fifth of the Earth’s oxygen is produced here by the plants of the Amazon rainforest, as they make their own food and grow tall using the intense equatorial sunshine.

Amazon Rainforest - tall trees

Trees grow tall in the rain forest

Amazon Rainforest - river view

The mighty River Amazon.

You could get drenched in the Amazon rainforest on almost any day of the year and over twelve months you could expect more than 2000 millimetres of rain to fall. But it is the moisture released from the pores of leaves during the process in which plants make their own food (scientists call this process photosynthesis) that really benefits places outside the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon’s vegetation releases about 20 billion tonnes of moisture every day. Water is evaporated from the surface of the leaves through tiny holes (or pores) that you can only see under a microscope. This moisture helps to create the clouds and rain that waters crops thousands of miles away!

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