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Introduction

Brazil is a multicultural country. Brazilians connect to their neighborhoods and their unique area's heritage and traditions. Whether a visitor is looking for entertainment, history, culture, sports, or nature, the variety of options of things to see and do makes it important to plan time there to take advantage of all the opportunities. While enjoying the football (soccer) and the country, it is important to also take time to try to understand the issues and challenges in the country as well.

Introduction to Brazil

Brazil gained independence from the Portuguese in 1822, after 300 years of foreign rule. The independent nation shares a border with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Brazil is not only the largest country in South America, but also the most populous. These factors, combined with the nation's natural resources, make Brazil the leading economy in South America. While an important economic powerhouse, Brazil suffers from unequal income distribution; in Rio, approximately 1/3 of the city's population lives in poverty. The Portuguese may have given Brazil its most predominant religion and language, but the nation also boasts a rich indigenous population, as well as people from such diverse regions as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The country will seem even more diverse during the tournament as it welcomes guests from all over the world. Each city that is serving as a host during the World Cup has unique elements that will make the experience of the World Cup a special one. Try to extend time in each host city beyond just watching individual matches.

Taken fromStudentsAbroad.com – Why Study in Brazil

Each section provides some background information and useful links to help you make the most out of your time in Brazil:

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