Meet Vinicius from Brazil

Name: Vinicius Guimaraes Silva

Age: 8

Hometown: Nova Iguacu, Rio de Janeiro

Languages: Portuguese

Favorite hobbies: Playing football (soccer)

Favorite subjects: Geography and math

Favorite food: Chicken Batata (chicken and potato)

When he grows up he wants to be: A football player

What is a fun thing to do in Brazil?: Go to the beach with your family and friends!

Interesting fact about Vinicius: He has four siblings and another on the way.

BRAZIL AT A GLANCE

Population: 205,000,000

Languages Spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, German

Geography: Brazil, the largest country in South America, is on the Atlantic side of the continent.

Current president: Dilma Rouseff is the first woman to be elected president of Brazil.

Religions: 74% Roman Catholic, 15% spiritualist 1%, voodoo

History: After 300 years under the rule of Portugal, Brazil gained its independence in 1822. A king ruled Brazil until 1888 when he was overthrown, and slavery was ended. The military controlled the government until 1985 when the people demanded an end to military rule.

LEARN A LITTLE PORTUGUESE

Good morning!: Bom dia!

Good evening!: Boa noite!

How are you?: Como vai você?

Good: Bem

My name is: Meu nome é

Good luck!: Boa sorte!

Country Profile Sources: CIA World Factbook