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Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil[1][2] (Portuguese: [República Federativa do Brasil] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help), About this sound listen), is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country by geographical area and 6th by by population with over 192 million people, although Pakistan's latest census[3] shows it has a bit more people than Brazil. It is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas and the largest lusophone country in the world.[4]

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi).[4] It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz.[4] It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile.


  1. As on for example the national website.
  2. Mugnier, Clifford (January 2009). "Grids & Datums – Federative Republic of Brazil" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[dead link]
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