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Total population
c. 207 million
(2015 estimate)
Regions with significant populations
 Brazil     204,450,649[1]
(2015 estimate)
 United States1,315,000[2]
 United Kingdom120,000[2]
 French Guiana38,700[2]
Other countries combined211,063[2]

Languages of Brazil

Portuguese (99.7%)[3]
Indigenous languages (0.082%)[4]
High German languages (Moselle Franconian Hunsrückisch, Luxembourgish, Swabian, Bavarian, Austrian, Allemanic) and Low German language (Pomeranian, Plautdietsch and Westphalian) (Bilingualism 1.94%, Geographical distribution of German speakers).[5][3][6]
Venetian or Talian (1.49%)[3][7]
Polish (0.27%)[8][9][10]
Ukrainian (0.11%)[10][11]
Dutch (0.041%)[10][3]
Castilian (0.197%)[3]
French (0.1457%)[10]
Lithuanian (0.04%)[10]
Norwegian (0.027%)[10]
Russian (0.02%)[12][13]
North Levantine spoken Arabic and Turoyo (Aramaic) (0.07%)[3]
Japanese (0.21%)[3]
Korean (0.0396%)[3]
Chinese (0.13%)[10]
Yiddish High German (0.038%)[3]
Hebrew (0.044%)
Native English speakers (0.2007%)[14][15][16][17][18]
English as a second or foreign additional language (6.7%)[19][20]

Religion in Brazil

Christian majority followed by Irreligion, Deism, Agnosticism and Atheism.

Minorities: Kardecism, Buddhism and other Oriental philosophies (Shinto and Shinto-derived Japanese new religions, Korean Confucianism), Judaism, African tradition religions (Umbanda and Candomblé) and Islam
Related ethnic groups
Latin Americans • Indigenous peoples of South America

Brazilians (brasileiros in Portuguese, IPA: [bɾaziˈlejɾus])[21] are citizens of Brazil. A Brazilian can also be a person born abroad to a Brazilian parent or legal guardian as well as a persons who acquired Brazilian citizenship. Brazil is a multiethnic society, which means that it is home to people of many different ethnic origins. As a result, majority of Brazilians do not equate their nationality with their ethnicity, usually embracing and espousing both simultaneously.

In the period after the colonization of the Brazilian territory by Portugal, during much of the XVI century, the word "Brazilian" was given to the Portuguese merchants of Brazilwood, designating exclusively the name of such profession, since the inhabitants of the land were, in most of them, indigenous or Portuguese born in Portugal, or in the territory now called Brazil.[22] However, long before the independence of Brazil, in 1822, both in Brazil and in Portugal, it was already common to attribute the Brazilian gentile to a person, usually of clear Portuguese descent, resident or whose family resided in the State of Brazil (1530-1815), belonging to the Portuguese Empire. During the lifetime of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves (1815-1822), however, there was confusion about the nomenclature.


According to the Constitution of Brazil, a Brazilian citizen is:

  • Anyone born in Brazil, even if to foreign born parents. However, if the foreign parents were at the service of a foreign State (such as foreign diplomats), the child is not Brazilian;
  • Anyone born abroad to a Brazilian father or a Brazilian mother, with registration of birth in a Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. Also, a person born abroad to a Brazilian father or a Brazilian mother who was not registered but who, after turning 18 years old, went to live in Brazil;[23]
  • A foreigner living in Brazil who applied for and was accepted as a Brazilian citizen.

According to the Constitution, all people who hold Brazilian citizenship are equal, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or religion.

A foreigner can apply for Brazilian citizenship after living for four uninterrupted years in Brazil and being able to speak Portuguese. A native person from an official Portuguese language country (Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and East Timor) can request the Brazilian nationality after only 1 uninterrupted year living in Brazil. A foreign born person who holds Brazilian citizenship has exactly the same rights and duties of the Brazilian citizen by birth, but cannot occupy some special public positions such as the Presidency of the Republic, Vice-presidency of the Republic, Minister (Secretary) of Defense, Presidency (Speaker) of the Senate, Presidency (Speaker) of the House of Representatives, Officer of the Armed Forces and Diplomat.[23]

Other Languages
العربية: برازيليون
azərbaycanca: Braziliyalı
Esperanto: Brazilanoj
euskara: Brasildar
한국어: 브라질인
Հայերեն: Բրազիլացիներ
hrvatski: Brazilci
Bahasa Indonesia: Bangsa Brasil
italiano: Brasiliani
kernowek: Pobel Vrasil
lietuvių: Brazilai
მარგალური: ბრაზილიარეფი
日本語: ブラジル人
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Brazillar
português: Brasileiros
română: Brazilieni
русский: Бразильцы
саха тыла: Бразилианнар
Scots: Brazilians
slovenščina: Brazilci
српски / srpski: Бразилци
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Brazilci
татарча/tatarça: Braziliälelär
Türkçe: Brezilyalılar
українська: Бразильці
Zazaki: Brezilyayıc
中文: 巴西人