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Culture

Brazil's official language is Portuguese but Spanish, English and French are other primary languages used. The most common religious faith is Roman Catholic (nominal) accounting for about 80% of the population. The country itself is a federative republic with 26 states and 1 federal district. Similar to the United States, Brazil has three branches of government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) but their legal system is based on Roman codes; Brazil has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction. If you know anything about Brazil, you probably know that Brazilians are fanatic about soccer.

Soccer is the national sport. In fact many of soccer's greatest athletes come from Brazil, the most famous being Pele and Ronaldo. Brazil is the only nation to win the World Cup four times. Long recognized as the best in the world, you might say, Brazil is the "spiritual home" of soccer. Brazil is also well known for it's Carnaval celebrations. It happens at the peak of summer, when Cariocas are at their best. Festivities attract thousands of people from all corners of the world. It's a 4-day celebration that starts on Saturday, and ends on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi-Gras. The month can be February or March because Carnaval Sunday is seven weeks before Easter Sunday.