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Guide for expatriates in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

02 June, 2010 14:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

BrazilWe are delighted to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Rio de  Janeiro, Brazil.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is artistically bordered by magnificent mountains, white-sand beaches and spectacular blue ocean, and lush rain forests. Residents of the city are known as Cariocas. The undisputed cultural capital and major international transportation hub of Brazil, the city is a dense, cosmopolitan gem.

The area of the city is 1182.3 square kilometres or 456.5 sq miles. The city is dense, with Rio de Janeiroabout 6.1 million people in the city and 11-13.5 million in the greater metropolitan area.

The city sits within the geological structure called Brazilian Crystal Basement where rain forest, Atlantic Ocean, and a mass of city dwellers come together. The Tijuca Forest defines much of the landscape as the largest urban forest in the world. On Corcovado, one of the area's highest points, there is the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Another peak, Sugar Loaf, is also a landmark and towers over the entrance of the bay.

The city is the nation's top tourist attraction for both Brazilians and foreigners. The sea, mountains, and events like Carnaval and New Year´s eve still attract visitors, but issues with crime and over-development have taken a toll.

The city retains its attraction for companies. State-owned companies such as Petrobras, Eletrobrás, Caixa Econômica Federal, BNDES, Intelig, Oi and Embratel all have headquarters within Rio. Big multi-national companies such as Coca-Cola, IBM and El Paso also have offices in the city. Many Brazilian entertainment organizations are based in Rio de Janeiro like TV Globo (Globosat, Globo News, SportTv, Telecine, Tv Brazil), NET, Sky and WayBrazil and also some of Brazil's major newspapers: Journal do Brasil, O Globo, O Dia, and Business Rio.

The announcement that Rio would host the 2016 Olympic Games only confirmed its upwardly mobile status.

You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...

You can also discuss and share experience in Brazil in our forum.

   



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