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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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Porto Alegre: Southernmost Brazilian Metropolis

Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul | Brazil



Porto Alegre (Happy Harbour in english) is the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Its population of 1,467,823 inhabitants (2010) makes it the tenth most populous city in the country and the centre of Brazil's fourth largest metropolitan area, with 3,979,561 inhabitants (2010). The city is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian state. Porto Alegre is one of the top cultural, political and economic centers of Brazil.

Porto Alegre will host 5 matches during 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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History

Porto Alegre began as a large farm whose surroundings were inhabited by Indians from several different tribes. A small village formed in the area in 1752 by settlers mainly from the Azores, and in 1772 the parish of São Francisco do Porto dos Casais was formed. A year later the bishop changed the parish's name to Nossa Senhora Madre de Deus do Porto Alegre (Our Lady Mother of God of the Happy Port) and the city was selected as the location for the provincial government.

Porto Alegre had become a city of 12,000 inhabitants by 1822, the year the Brazil gained independence. The main port facilities were built between 1845 and 1860. By the end of the century the population had risen to 73,000. The city became known worldwide in 1963 through hosting the World University Games. In 1985 the people of Porto Alegre joined the movement for free elections and one of the largest demonstrations took place in the city.

Foundation: March 26, 1772
Altitude: 10 m
Climate: Humid Subtropical

Population: 1,467,823 (10th)
Metro Area: 3,979,561 (4th)
GDP: US$ 74.8 billion
GDP per capita: US$ 18,770
HDI (2013): 0.805 (very high)




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FAAN, your threads are simply amazing! Few people contribute more to this forum than you.

About Porto Alegre, it's my favourite state capital. Great place, a true metropolis. The pics are fantastic! Please, keep updating.

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