Moving to Brazil
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Brazil is the largest country in South America and is home to an ever-expanding expat population. With a resource-rich economy and booming mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, there is an extensive range of job opportunities for expats moving to Brazil. However, the country also has a vastly unequal income distribution which has resulted in high crime rates in the large cities and the growth of its infamous favelas. Despite these issues, this relatively young democracy has become one of South America’s leading economic powers and on a global platform, it is a resource-rich BRIC country.
From the Amazon basin to the beautiful beaches along its northern and eastern shores, Brazil’s climate is as varied as its terrain. Due to its sprawling size, the easiest way to travel between cities in Brazil is by air. Long-distance buses, trains and boats also keep the country connected. Within cities, there are generally extensive bus services and a range of bus companies to choose from. Major cities, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, all have efficient metros spanning their areas.
All of Brazil's major cities have numerous English-language international schools servicing the diplomatic, expat and immigrant populations. Brazil also has an extensive network of both public and private healthcare options available. Speaking at least basic Portuguese will be a vital skill for expats wanting to make a life in the country. Without it, one will undoubtedly encounter problems when conducting business and taking care of everyday affairs.
Brasília, the country's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the seat of Brazil’s government and is home to over 100 embassies and consulates as well as the headquarters of numerous multinational companies, drawing expats from all around the globe. Vibrant cities, pristine beaches, exotic jungles and gargantuan rivers add further allure to make Brazil an exhilarating destination full of exciting travel and career potential.