Brazil at a glance

Language

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese; however 228 languages are spoken within the country, the vast majority of which are indigenous. Almost the entire population is fluent in Portuguese, with little regional variation in dialect. Some regions have co-official languages, which include German and Talian. 

Calendar

Brazil follows the Gregorian calendar, similarly to the U.S. The main time zone in Brazil is Brasilia Time (BRT), which falls into the UTC-3 time zone and is one hour ahead of Atlanta during Eastern Daylight Time. Some regions of Brazil also fall into UTC-02, UTC-04, and UTC-05, so make sure you check the time difference when scheduling meetings. Some states observe daylight savings time from October through February.

Climate

Temperatures in Brazil rarely dip below 68 degrees Farenheit. The coastal regions are very hot, and the plateaus milder. The northeast part of the country is a semi-arid zone -- not quite a desert, but certainly drier than the rest of the country. The rest of the country sees frequent rainfall. The majority of the Amazon rainforest falls within the borders of Brazil.

Economy

Brazil has a free market G20 economy, the largest economy in Latin America and the second largest in the Western Hemisphere.

More info

While this guide strives to present as much information as possible to enable the Emory community to better conduct research, service, and training programs in Brazil, it is not comprehensive.

For additional information regarding business, logistic, or infrastructure services in Brazil, contact Christine Rapalje, director of global services.