39 Facts About Curitiba


Curitiba is the capital and largest city in the state of Parana in Brazil.

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Curitiba is an important cultural, political, and economic center in Latin America and hosts the Federal University of Parana, established in 1912.

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Curitiba's economy is based on industry and services and is the fourth largest in Brazil.

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Curitiba was one of the host cities of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and again for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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One theory is that the name "Curitiba" comes from the Tupi words kuri tyba, "many araucaria seeds" due to the large number of Parana pines pinecones in the region prior to its founding.

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Curitiba has an always humid subtropical highland climate, with some characteristics of the oceanic climate due to its abundant precipitation all year round and the relatively warm, but not hot, summer.

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Curitiba's weather is influenced by the dry air masses that dominate Brazil's midwest most of the year, bringing hot and dry weather, sometimes even in winter.

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Curitiba is located in the area of the Ombrophilous Mixed Forest, a sub-type of the Atlantic Forest.

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In Curitiba it is possible to find steppes, forests and other formations.

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The vegetation of Curitiba encompasses a large population of purple and yellow ipes, making a beautiful sight during flowering at winter's end.

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Curitiba has been working since the 1970s on alternatives to minimize the negative impacts of urbanization on rivers.

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Curitiba has a topography of smooth, rounded hills, giving it a relatively regular shape.

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Curitiba is divided into nine regional governments, who manage the municipality's 75 districts.

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Curitiba was the mayor three times, the first time in the early 1970s.

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Curitiba's leadership was crucial to some major changes in the city.

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Curitiba has built parks instead of canals to reduce flooding; used parks to make the city more liveable; pedestrianised the downtown area; built a Bus Rapid Transit, a bus system that works like a light rail system but is 10 times cheaper; and started a massive recycling scheme that included giving people bus tokens in return for waste.

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Up until the 19th century, the inhabitants of the city of Curitiba were natives and mixed-race, Portuguese and Spanish immigrants.

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Curitiba has the biggest colony of Polish immigrants in Brazil.

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Curitiba has a Jewish community that was originally established in the 1870s.

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Curitiba's infrastructure makes bus travel fast and convenient, effectively creating demand for bus use in the same way that the infrastructure of traditional cities creates demand for private motor vehicles.

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In July 2001, Curitiba became Brazil's first city to receive the prize "Pole of Information Technology", granted by InfoExame magazine.

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Curitiba has municipal health, education and day care networks, neighborhood libraries shared by schools and citizens and Citizenship Streets, where buildings provide essential public services, sports and cultural facilities near transportation terminals.

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An essential element of Curitiba shopping is the Feira do Largo da Ordem, or Largo da Ordem Street Fair.

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Curitiba is the 2nd Pole on Technological Innovation in Brazil, according to IPEA .

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Curitiba is home to the largest cancer hospital in the South of Brazil, Erasto Gaertner Hospital.

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Curitiba has a planned transportation system, which includes lanes on major streets devoted to a bus rapid transit system.

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Today, Curitiba is considered one of the world's best examples of urban planning.

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Curitiba was recently recommended by UNESCO as a model for the reconstruction of the cities of Afghanistan.

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Transportation, Curitiba has over 2 million people travel by train while the city has the most cars per capita in Brazil.

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In 2003, Curitiba received the "American Capital of Culture" title, granted by the OAS .

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Curitiba is the home of the largest restaurant in the Americas, and one of the world's largest restaurants, Restaurante Madalosso.

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Curitiba was Brazil's first city to have an IMAX movie theatre.

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Four Matsuri set in Curitiba are: Imin Matsuri which celebrates the arrival of Japanese immigrants in Brazil, Haru Matsuri which celebrates the end of winter and coming of spring, Hana Matsuri, which celebrates the birth of Sakyamuni, and Seto Matsuri, in honor of Claudio Seto, comic artist, precursor of the manga in Brazil and idealist of the first Matsuri in Curitiba.

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Curitiba hold the famous Psycho Carnival, a three-day festival that happens during the Brazilian Carnival, but devoted to psychobilly and rockabilly genres, attracting people from all over the world.

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The popularity of Curitiba's BRT has effected a modal shift from automobile travel to bus travel.

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Curitiba has in its transport fleet the largest bi-articulated bus in the world, with 28 meters in length and capacity for 250 passengers.

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Curitiba has 3 teams in the city: Athletico Paranaense, Coritiba and Parana Clube.

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Curitiba has one of the main rugby union clubs in Brazil, Curitiba Rugby Clube, national champions in 2014.

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Curitiba is divided into 9 regional governments covering the 75 neighborhoods.

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