Brazil: Overview                                                              

Capital

Brasília 

 

Government

Federal Republic

 

Population

203,429,773 (July 2011 estimated)

 

Ethnic Groups

White

53.7%

 

Mulatto (mixed white and black)

38.5%

 

Black

6.2%

 

Other (includes Japanese, Arab, Amerindian)

0.9%

 

Unspecified

0.7%

 

(2000 census)

 

Religion

Roman Catholic

73.6%

 

Protestant

15.4%

 

Spiritualist

1.3%

 

Bantu/voodoo

0.3%

 

Other

1.8%

 

Unspecified

0.2%

 

None

7.4%

 

(2000 census)

 

Language

Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language)

 

Note: less common languages include Spanish (border areas

 

and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English and a large

 

number of minor Amerindian languages.

 

Independence

September 7, 1822 (from Portugal)