Information about Brazil.
|ISO code/s||BR / BRA|
Brazil (officially the Federative Republic of Brazil), is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km. It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47.3 percent of the continent of South America. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes Brazil one of 17 megadiverse countries, and is the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
|Rio 2016||New batches of Rio 2016 commemorative coins and postal stamps launched|
|Aug. 6, 2015|
The day after Rio 2016 celebrated one year to the Olympic Games there was a special treat for collectors of Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia. New batches of commemorative Rio 2016 coins and stamps were unveiled on Thursday (6 August) during a special launch event at the Maracanã Stadium.
The latest circulation coins, worth R$1 (one Brazilian real), introduced three more Olympic sports to the collection – volleyball, judo and football – and one more Paralympic sport – athletics.
There are also gold and silver coins, which are special collectors’ items, bearing exclusive designs. Each of them combines an outdoor sport being practised in front of a famous Rio landmark – rowing on Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, running in Flamengo Park, cycling at Vista Chinesa, and playing beach volleyball at Copacabana – with a Brazilian cultural icon (one for fauna, flora, architecture and music) on their opposite side – a mico-leão dourado (a type of Brazilian monkey), an orchid; the Sambódromo, and forró (a musical and dance style from Northeast of Brazil).