Brazil

Flag of Brazil

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Pygmy Marmoset or Finger Monkey

Country Brazil               (Link to map of Brazil)
Continent South America
Capital Brasilia
Population 205,338,00 (2015 est.)
Language Portuguese
Religion Roman Catholic (65%), Protestant (22%)
Terrain Mostly flat to rolling lowlands in the north & central part; plains, hills, low mountains with a narrow coastal belt for the southern region
Sports Football (soccer), volleyball, basketball, auto racing and martial arts
Animals Brazil is considered to have the highest number of vertebrates and invertebrates of any country in the world.  Pictured is the pygmy marmoset (a.k.a., finger monkey)
Facts of Interest Brazil borders all South American countries (except Ecuador & Chile) and occupies 47.3% of the continent; makes it slightly smaller than the continental US

Established as a Portuguese colony in 1532, it was slowly populated with Portuguese settlers and sugar cane became the most important export (supported by the import of slaves from Western Africa)

Brazil established its independence from Portugal in 1822 to give rise to a monarchy till November 1889.  A series of “republican governments”, aka military dictatorships, followed (with brief periods of civilian rule) until finally in 1985 a lasting civilian rule was established

Concerns Deforestation over the last century has created a threat to environmental habitats of the indigenous tribes as well as the animals on the endangered/near extinction list

The Zika virus was first recognized in Brazil with suspected link to microcephaly birth defects in babies which is causing concerns for the general population as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics

Object poverty is a concern with the richest 10% controlling over 40% of the counties income while the poorest 10% control about 1%

Brazil is the second-largest consumer of cocaine which has led to an upsurge in drug-related violence, weapons smuggling and law enforcement corruption

Mission Christian Aid UMC Global Ministries are working to reduce gender and ethnic inequalities and preserve the environment
Sources en.wikipedia.org; cia.com; brazil.org.za; christianaid.org.uk; umcmission.org