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LONDRINA is a city in Paraná state, southern Brazil. The city was founded by the British in 1929 (incorporation/emancipation 1934), in the middle of the Tropical Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlântica) and that's why the name (Londrina means "Londoner" in Portuguese).
Despite the British beggining, today the city is mainly Italian, with big German, Portuguese, Spaniard and Arab communities. But the Japanese are special: they are 25,000 in the city, which makes Londrina one of the biggest Japanese cities in the world outside Japan, along with São Paulo (the biggest), New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. There are also smaller Dutch, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese, Argentinian, British and Jewish communities as well.
The agrobusiness has an important role in the city's economy. Paraná state, despite comprising only 2% of Brazilian area, produces 25% of the food.
Some quick facts:
Metro Area: 1,213,601
Municipality: 1,650 km²
Metro Area: 12,651 km²
GDP nominal (2007):
Municipality: US$ 4,490,172,000.00
Metro Area: US$ 9,117,008,000.00
Elevation: 615 m
Precipitation: 1,588 mm
Precipitation: 211.4 mm
Precipitation: 65.0 mm
Ethnic Composition (2000 Census):
White: 74.2% (mainly Italian, but also, Portuguese, German and Spaniard)
Mixed: 18.4% (Mixed White, Amerindian and Black)
Asian: 3.5% (Japanese)
HDI (2006): 0.857 (Brazil: 0.807)
Londrina's place in the world:
That's the Londrina Central Quadrilateral (about 3km E-W to 2km N-S). That was the designed approved in London for Londrina in 1929:
This thread is a collection of all my Londrina's pics (all taken by cell phone, so low resolution). As there are more than 700 photos, I count on you to help me turn the page.
First I will show the west section of Downtown. That's the place I live in.
Downtown, August 2010:
Belo Horizonte and Santos streets, the heart of west section of Downtown. This area comprises over 40 blocks:
Belo Horizonte Street
Goiás Street, Belo Horizonte Street's building on the back:
Goiás and Belo Horizonte's corner:
Pará Street, between Belo Horizonte and Higienópolis Avenue:
Belo Horizonte with Pará Street:
Belo Horizonte again: