An administrative division rather than a legal municipality, Brasilia is nevertheless the official capital for the Federative Republic of Brazil. (This political scenario resembles the non-city capital status of Canberra in Australia, Mexico City and Washington, D.C.)
Brasilia hosted a Guinness World Record on July 28, 2016 when Brazil’s department of agriculture and fisheries built the largest fruit display ever. The fruit display weighed 41,460 pounds (18,806 kilograms) and featured 19 different fruits including bananas, papayas and grapes.
Brazil was the world’s 25th biggest exporter in 2016, shipping US$185.2 billion worth of goods according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre. Brazil’s highest-value exports are soya beans, iron, sugar, crude oil, chicken, chemical wood pulp, oilcake, coffee, automobiles, aircraft and corn.
Capital Facts for Brasilia, Brazil: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Catedral Metropolitana, Santuário Dom Bosco, JK Bridge and Itamaraty Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Brasilia, Brazil
- Digão, footballer/soccer player (born Oct. 14, 1985)
- Antônio Silva, mixed martial artist (born Sep. 14, 1979)
- Kaka, professional soccer player (born Apr. 22, 1982)
- Syang, musician, model and writer (born Nov. 7, 1968)
- Kátya Chamma, singer-songwriter & poet (born Aug. 19, 1961)
- Eryk Rocha, film director (born Jan. 19, 1978)
- Leandra, footballer/soccer player (born May 12, 1993)
- Daniel Matsunaga, model, actor, athlete & host (born Nov. 28, 1988)
- Juliana de Aquino, singer & actress (born Aug. 5, 1980)
- Karoline Amaral, model (born Dec. 30, 1984)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Brasilia resident: Brasiliense
Population: 2,786,684 (Brasilia)
Density: 10,718 people per square mile (4,138 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,998,553 (Federal District of Brazil)
Density: 1,339 people per square mile (517 per square kilometer)
Population: 205,823,665 (Brazil)
Density: 64 people per square mile (25 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$3.135 trillion as of October 2016 (for Brazil, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $15,211
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Brasilia were unavailable.
Official currency used in Brasilia: Brazilian real
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 3, 2016
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CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Guinness World Records, Largest fruit display. Accessed on February 7, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Official Government Website, Brasilia Government (population). Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Brazil. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Wikipedia, Brasilia. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikipedia, Federal District (Brazil). Accessed on December 3, 2016
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on December 3, 2016
Brasilia’s population was 2.8 million people in 2016 according to Brazilian government demographics, and is located within an area of 260 square miles (673 square kilometers).
However, Brasilia is typically used as a synonym for the Federal District (Brazil)–a vast union of 26 Brazilian states in addition to one district where the capital is located. Federal District (Brazil) extends over 2,240 square miles (5,802 square kilometers) and is home to approximately three million residents.
Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest nation in terms of land mass behind only Russia, Canada, United States and China. Brazil’s land area covers 3,227,095 square miles (8,358,140 square kilometers). The national population count was 205.8 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is highest within Brazil’s capital city with an average 10,700 Brasilienses per square mile (4,100 per square kilometer).
Within the extensive Federal District (Brazil), density dilutes significantly to an average 1,300 people per square mile (500 per square kilometer).
For Brazil overall, population density drops to an average 64 inhabitants per square mile (25 per square kilometer).
Brazil won its freedom from Portugal on September 7, 1822. Brazilians celebrate Independence Day each September 7.