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Rio de Janeiro | Scenic Metropolis

Rio de Janeiro



Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio, is the second-largest city in Brazil, the sixth-largest city in the Americas, and the world's thirty-ninth largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area, the second most populous metropolitan area in Brazil, the seventh-most populous in the Americas, and the twenty-third largest in the world. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, the city was initially the seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro, a domain of the Portuguese Empire. Later, in 1763, it became the capital of the State of Brazil, a state of the Portuguese Empire. In 1808, when the Portuguese Royal Court transferred itself from Portugal to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro became the chosen seat of the court of Queen Maria I of Portugal, who subsequently, in 1815, under the leadership of her son, the Prince Regent, and future King João VI of Portugal, raised Brazil to the dignity of a kingdom, within the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and Algarves.



Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics—the first time a South American and Portuguese-speaking nation will host these events, and the third time the Olympics will be held in a Southern Hemisphere city. The Maracanã Stadium held the finals of the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the XV Pan American Games including its opening and closing ceremonies. Rio de Janeiro also hosted World Youth Day in 2013.

Population: 6,476,631 (12,280,702 in metro area)
GDP: US$ 201,000 billion
GDP per capita: US$ 16,637
HDI: 0,799 (very high)

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View from Corcovado Mountain
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Evening at Rio de Janeiro by Thanat Charoenpol, on Flickr


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Downtown's Skyline
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A Cidade Dorme / Big City Sleeps by Sergio Morel, on Flickr

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Rio de Janeiro by Thanat Charoenpol, on Flickr


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Aterro do Flamengo
Glória and Flamengo Neighborhoods


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Art Museum of Rio
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MAR - Art Museum of Rio by David Bank, on Flickr


MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro by Geise Architecture, on Flickr

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Leblon Neighborhood


Leblon com o Morro Dois Irmãos e o Vidigal by Leonardo Martins, on Flickr


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Todo amanhecer é glorioso! by Leonardo Martins, on Flickr


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Uma cidade de maravilhas... Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. by Leonardo Martins, on Flickr

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Barra da Tijuca Neighborhood


A Dona da Cidade! by Leonardo Martins, on Flickr


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Tijuca National Park


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