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Welcome To Brazil
Country number
122
Selected MR Agencies

An Introduction to Brazil

Brazil was a colony / dependency of Portugal from the landing of Pedro lvares Cabral in 1500 until independence in 1822 - it then became the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system; a presidential republic after a military coup in 1889; and a Federal Republic under the new constitution of 1988. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Brazil

Jul 5
Retail data specialist The NPD Group has launched its Retail Tracking Service for the toy market in Brazil, covering both online and brick-and-mortar sales. Jul 5 2018
May 11
Enterprise data and analytics company Acxiom has launched a tool called Global Data Navigator, to provide marketers with access to its global consumer audience information. May 11 2018


2 current Latin American jobs:

Director - Automotive Consulting, Mexico City, $ salary TBD - (posted Jan 22 2018)
Project Manager, Mexico City, $ salary TBD - (posted Jan 22 2018)


Fast Facts
Map of Brazil
CAPITAL: Brasilia
GOVERNMENT: federal republic
AREA: 8,514,877 sq km
POPULATION: 203,429,773 (July 2011 est.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Official Language: Portuguese
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Iguassu Falls, Brazil


The 'Plane Truth? Alberto Santos-Dumont is considered the Father of Aviation in Brazil, and many Brazilians apparently believe it a great injustice that he is not credited with the invention of the aeroplane. Santos-Dumont made his first flight in a fixed-wing plane in 1906 in Paris, three years after the Wright brothers' Kitty Hawk flight.

Brazilians say the Wright brothers' flight 'didn't count' because firstly, they used a catapult and rails to launch the plane, whereas Santos-Dumont's plane had wheels, and secondly the Kitty Hawk used strong headwinds that helped the plane get off the ground, whereas Santos-Dumont's plane took off on its own power.

Brazil will also be the first South American country to host a Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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Brazil in Profile

Brazil was a colony / dependency of Portugal from the landing of Pedro lvares Cabral in 1500 until independence in 1822 - it then became the Empire of Brazil, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system; a presidential republic after a military coup in 1889; and a Federal Republic under the new constitution of 1988.

The core culture of Brazil is derived from the Portuguese, but is strongly influenced by African, indigenous and non-Portuguese European cultures and traditions. Home to the Amazon river and rainforest, samba football, Carnival, and a rapidly growing population and economy, it's one of the most vibrant states on earth - and it will be hosting both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics (in Rio de Janeiro).

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $2.172 trillion (2010 est.) - $10,800 (2010 est.)

Religions Roman Catholic (nominal) 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%, Spiritualist 1.3%, Bantu/voodoo 0.3%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.2%, none 7.4% (2000 census)

Currency: Real (BRL) $1 = R$ 2.84

Telephone Code: +55

Overview of the Research Industry

MR Association(s):

SBPM and ABEP

Brazil's MR industry is buoyant - reporting a net growth of just under 27% in 2010 (up to $815m from $540m in 2009) - a whopping 44% of regional turnover. That makes Brazil the 7th largest MR market in the World. 92% of research is domestic, and there's a 65/25 quant/qual split.
Source: ESOMAR

Overview of Trade and Industry

Brazil's fast-growing economy is the largest in Latin America and the 7th (by GDP) or 8th (by PPP) largest in the World. The country has abundant natural resources, a large labour pool, and is a net external creditor, with strong growth and high interest rates attractive to foreign investors.

In 2010 Brazil exported $201.9bn worth of goods to China, the USA, Argentina, the Netherlands and Germany, with key commodities being transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee and vehicles. Imports worth $181.7bn primarily came from the USA, China, Argentina, Germany and South Korea and consisted of machinery, electrical and transport equipment, chemical products, oil, auto parts and electronics.

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