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Brazil

  • By: Frederico Peres
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Brazil is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with a “continental” length; biomes such as the Amazon Rainforest in the north, the Atlantic Forest along the coast, and the Cerrado (Brazilian savannah) in the central part of the country; and megalopolises with over 5 million people. There are over 190 million inhabitants distributed in these different regions, most of them living in urbanized areas and large cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Brasília, the nation's capital. Although there is only one official language in the country, Portuguese, more than 270 other languages are spoken in Brazil, most of them by indigenous tribes (but there are also contributions from the immigrants). In addition, it is possible to identify ...

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