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Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: 'Brasil' or República Federativa do Brasil, listen (help·info)), is the largest and most populous country in South America, and fifth largest in the world in both area and population. It is also the second most populous country in the Western Hemisphere after the United States. Spanning a vast area between central South America and the Atlantic Ocean, it is the easternmost country of America and it borders Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French department of French Guiana. In fact, it borders every South American nation except for Ecuador and Chile.
The country's name is generally believed to be derived from pau-brasil (brazilwood), a tree highly valued by early colonists, though some credit the name to a mythical land mentioned in Europe during Middle Ages. Brazil is home to both extensive agricultural lands and rain forests. Exploring vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is South America's leading economic power and a regional leader.
Brazilian society is still heavily influenced by Portugal's 300 year colonization. Portuguese is the official language, and the Roman Catholic religion is adopted by most of its people, with a number of adherents never seen in any other country. The population is composed mainly of descendants from European immigrants and Africans brought during the slavery times. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Brazil attracted well over 5 million European, Arab and Japanese immigrants. That period also saw Brazil industrialise, further colonise, and develop its interior.
After declaring independence from Portugal in 1822, Brazil became a monarchy until a military coup deposed the emperor and established a Republic in 1889. Brazilian democracy was replaced by dictatorships three times - 1930-1934 and 1937-1945 under Getúlio Vargas, and 1964-1985, under a succession of generals appointed by the military. In the 1980s the military regime ended and a new constitution was established, opening the way to the Brazilians' return to democracy.
Currently Brazil's greatest challenge is to reactivate its economy, which was once one of the most thriving in the world but had many problems in the last 20-30 years, while dealing with serious issues that plague many of its inhabitants, like poverty, hunger and crime.
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