Imports$219.6 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$256 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)6.6% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate6% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$11,900 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate7.5% (2010 est.)
Internet users75.982 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular202.944 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.102% (2012 est.)
Population205,716,890 (July 2012 est.)
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Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889.
Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS rose to power in 1930.
By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than a half century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers....
Characterized by large and well-developed agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and service sectors, Brazil's economy outweighs that of all other South American countries, and Brazil is expanding its presence in world markets.
Since 2003, Brazil has steadily improved its macroeconomic stability, building up foreign reserves, and reducing its debt profile by shifting its debt burden toward real denominated and domestically held instruments.
In 2008, Brazil became a net external creditor and two ratings agencies awarded investment grade status to its debt....
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