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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

Blogs For Expats
Hotel reservation websites
Websites for expats
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
According to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro are ranked 152nd and 171st respectively out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
According to the latest available edition of the Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are ranked 118th and 119th respectively out of 231 cities worldwide in terms of quality of living.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
The shorter and more flexible the lease, the more you will pay. « Temporadas » are short term furnished rentals (a few months at most). Leases are usually for 1 year, and can be terminated with notice of one month minimum.
Average Rental Costs
A deposit is required. The price will depend on the type of apartment, on the town, the district and on your situation (whether you have guarantees or not).
Rental Agency Websites
Directory of real estate agencies
Hotel reservation websites
Expat Focus

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School System

The Education System
Universities are public, generally excellent and free, but only children whose parents have been able to send them to elementary school, secondary school and a private prep school for university called "vestibular" can be admitted. Public education at elementary and secondary schools is of a distinctly lower level than that of private schools.
Infant education (from 3 to 5)
Fundamental education (from 6 to 14)
Middle education (from 15 to 17)
Vestibular (18/19 )
First University cycle (4 years)
Second University cycle (2/3 years)
Third University cycle (3/4 years)
International Schools
Network of American and French schools in Brazil.
List of international schools in Brazil.
Hotel reservation websites
Ministry of Education

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Health System

The Healthcare System
Healthcare is of very varying quality in Brazil. The universal healthcare system is accessible to everyone, but it is of basic quality and there are long waiting times. However, private clinics have an excellent reputation and the country is also a place for "medical tourism", especially for cosmetic surgery.
International Hospitals
It is not advisable to go to a public hospital in Brazil. Apart from the language barrier, the quality of healthcare is only average and the waiting times are endless. It is better to go to a doctor for slight problems or to a private clinic if the problem is more serious, such as The American Hospital in São Paulo.
Health System Insurance Body
Medical insurers
Health Ministry
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health ( in portugese)

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Brazil's rich history is on display throughout the country. Those interested in colonial history can find much in the northeast region of the country (Salvador, Recife, Olinda, São Luis).
Brazil’s main museums are located in São Paulo, where one can find a more contemporary artistic dynamism. Modern architecture can be found in the works of Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia. Musical wealth is expressed across the country. Rio de Janeiro’s celebration of Carnival- held before Lent every year- is not to be missed. It is considered the biggest carnival in the world, with two million people per day on the street.
There are many natural parks. Some examples include: the Amazon basin, the "Chapada Diamantina" in Bahia, the "Chapada dos Veadeiros" around the Federal District and the magnificent Pantanal region in the west of the country.
Churches dating from colonial times can be found in the historic towns of the northeast region of the country.

Niemeyer's famous Cathedral in Brasilia is a beautiful example of his modern architectural style.

There are several hot springs, such as: Caldas Novas, Rio Quente, Águas Mornas and Santo Amaro da Imperatriz.
There are thousands of kilometres of beach in the country. Beaches range from crowded and urban to family friendly. Seaside resorts are developing and providing a pleasant, simple lifestyle for those who visit- some examples include Pipa (Rio Grande do Norte) and Jericoacoara (Ceara).
Outdoor Activities
Sport is widespread (jogging, body building, football, volleyball), as well as seaside activities (surfing, fishing, sailing) or walking in the natural parks.
Beautiful craftsmanship can be found in the north and northeast. Tourists often purchase wooden decorative items, stone jewelry, musical instruments, cloth, hammocks and off-the-rack beachwear.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 111/180

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Despite a very strong Catholic tradition, religious freedom has been recognised and practiced for several decades. Religions of African origin were legalised in the 1950s and many Neo-Pentacostal churches have been opened since the end of the 1980s.

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