Let’s learn about Brazil, the home of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

by Tim K

The upcoming 2016 summer Olympic Games are bringing immense interest to Brazil, its hosting country. The popularity of the event is a great chance for parents to teach kids geography. Introduce Brazil, learn some fun facts about this fascinating country and add some educational treat to the great sport event!

  • Brazil is the largest country in South America.Learn about Brazil, home of Rio 2016 Olympics
  • The name Brazil comes from a tree named brazilwood.
  • It is called Brasil in Portuguese, the official language spoken in Brazil.
  • Portugal claimed the land of Brazil in the year 1500. Independence was declared in 1822.
  • Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world by both land area and population.
  • The population in 2013 was around 200.4 million people.
  • The capital city is Brasilia, while the largest city is Sao Paulo. Other major cities include Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Fortaleza.
  • Brazil covers 3 time zones
  • The Amazon River flows through Brazil, it is the 2nd longest river in the world (after the Nile).
  • Around 60% of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil.Learn about Brazil, home of Rio 2016 Olympics
  • Brazil is home to a wide range of wild animals: armadillo, tapirs, jaguars, pumas, tree boas and more.Learn about Brazil, home of Rio 2016 Olympics
  • The Christ Redeemer statue, that is considered one of the new wonders of the world, is located in Rio De Janeiro is located in Brazil.Learn about Brazil with kids
  • Brazil exports coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, cocoa, citrus, beef and sugarcane.
  • More than 10,500 athletes from 207 countries are expected at the Olympic Games in Rio (from 5 to 21 August 2016).Learn about Brazil, home of Rio 2016 Olympics
  • There will be 28 sports participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.Rio 2016 Olympic Games
  • Soccer is the most popular sport in Brazil. The national team of Brazil won the World Cup 5 times (a record!).Learn about Brazil, home of Rio 2016 Olympics