Guide to Brazil

Brazil’s power structure is split between the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches. In grossly oversimplified terms, the Legislative makes laws, the Executive sanctions them, and the Judiciary analyzes whether they are constitutional. Beyond this, however, there is another level of...

Guide to BrazilJul 25, 2019

Winter tourism destinations for when Brazil gets chilly

The image of Brazil abroad is incompatible with the...

Guide to BrazilJul 08, 2019

The origins of Bossa Nova in Brazil

Brazil is mourning the death of legendary musician João...

Guide to BrazilApr 23, 2019

14 must-reads in Brazilian literature for every book lover

Brazilian literature manages to encapsulate the Portuguese language with...

Guide to Brazil Apr 21, 2019

Brazilian music festivals you should know about

In 1985, the image of an enormous crowd singing “Love of My Life” to an emotional Freddie Mercury during the first Rock in Rio...

Guide to Brazil Apr 15, 2019

What it is like being an entrepreneur in Brazil?

In its latest study about Brazil, consultancy firm McKinsey defined Brazil as a “country of entrepreneurs in the broader definition of the word,” after...

Guide to Brazil Mar 28, 2019

A beginner’s guide to the Brazilian workplace

Workplace customs can vary considerably from country to country. And when expats come to Brazil, some growing pains are expected. Brazilians are, in general,...

Guide to Brazil Feb 25, 2019

Doing your taxes in Brazil as an expat

At this time of the year, all residents in Brazil—whether they are Brazilian nationals or not— must submit their revenue tax forms. Income tax...

Guide to Brazil Feb 07, 2019

Brazil, a country of few immigrants

At the beginning of the year, the Jair Bolsonaro administration announced that Brazil was pulling out of the United Nations Global Compact for Migration,...

Guide to Brazil Jan 01, 2019

Who is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president?

On October 28, Jair Bolsonaro accomplished what most political pundits doubted, winning the presidential race by a landslide, earning 55 percent of the valid...

Guide to Brazil Sep 23, 2018

Presidential history of Brazil

Since overthrowing the Imperial Family in 1889, Brazil has had a total of 40 heads of state, six republics, two dictatorships, and eight constitutions....

Guide to Brazil Sep 04, 2018

How Yellow bikes open new window into Brazil’s stray dog complex

Since last month, cyclists in São Paulo have been able to make use of a new, innovative service: a bike-sharing app that doesn’t rely...

Guide to Brazil Aug 12, 2018

How to understand Brazilian bureaucracy

Having to prove that you are who you say you are, filling out endless forms, walking around with different documents, wasting time in countless...

Guide to Brazil Jul 28, 2018

Agricultural production in each Brazilian state and municipality

Over the past 11 years, Brazil’s agricultural production has experienced a major leap, as proven by the 2017 agricultural census. The area of newly...

Guide to Brazil Jul 17, 2018

Pre-Colonial Brazil was nothing like you may have been told

If you look for reading material about Brazilian history, chances are they begin telling the story about Latin America’s largest country in 1500, when...

Guide to Brazil Jun 08, 2018

A brief guide to Brazil’s (several) political dynasties

You can’t understand Brazilian politics without knowing the Portuguese word coronel (colonel). This term dates back to 1830s Brazil when the monarchy decided to...

Guide to Brazil Apr 21, 2018

Brasília: Brazil’s planned capital

The concept of Brasília was born on April 4, 1955, in Jataí, a village with no more than 1,000 residents at the time located...

Guide to Brazil Oct 16, 2017

Operation Car Wash: from gas stations to the heart of the Republic

Early in the morning on March 17, 2014, federal marshals launched the so-called Operation Car Wash. A group of detectives had been investigating a...

Guide to Brazil Oct 16, 2017

How does Brazil’s justice system actually work?

Public trust in the U.S. legal system might hover at around 50 percent, but it’s even lower in Brazil. According to a recent study...