55 Facts About Sao Paulo


Sao Paulo is the most populous city in Brazil, and is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, the most populous and wealthiest Brazilian state, located in the country's Southeast Region.

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Additionally, Sao Paulo is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world.

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The process of conurbation between the metropolitan areas around the Greater Sao Paulo created the Sao Paulo Macrometropolis, a megalopolis with more than 30 million inhabitants, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world.

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Sao Paulo is a cosmopolitan, melting pot city, home to the largest Arab, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese diasporas, with examples including ethnic neighborhoods of Bixiga, Bom Retiro, and Liberdade.

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Sao Paulo was one of the host cities of the 1950 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Region of modern-day Sao Paulo, then known as Piratininga plains around the Tiete River, was inhabited by the Tupi people, such as the Tupiniquim, Guaianas, and Guarani.

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From 1869 onward, Sao Paulo was connected to the port of Santos by the Estrada de Ferro Santos-Jundiai, nicknamed The Lady.

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Sao Paulo became the point of convergence of all railroads from the interior of the state.

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Sao Paulo grew strong in the national political scene, taking turns with the rich state of Minas Gerais in electing Brazilian presidents, an alliance that became known as "coffee and milk", given that Minas Gerais was famous for its dairy production.

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On 9 July 1932, the population of Sao Paulo town rose against a coup d'etat by Getulio Vargas to take the presidential office.

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In 2015, Sao Paulo experienced a major drought, which led several cities in the state to start a rationing system.

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Sao Paulo is located in an ecotone area between 3 biomes: mixed ombrophilous forest, dense ombrophilous forest and cerrado; the latter had some plant species native to the pampas in the city.

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Problem of balanced water supply for the city - and for the metropolis, in general - is a worrying issue: Sao Paulo has few sources of water in its own perimeter, having to seek it in distant hydrographic basins.

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Secondary to deforestation, groundwater pollution, and climate change, Sao Paulo is increasingly susceptible to drought and water shortages.

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In 2013, Sao Paulo was the most populous city in Brazil and in South America.

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Portuguese remains the most widely spoken language and Sao Paulo is the largest city in the Portuguese speaking world.

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Metropolitan Region of Sao Paulo is known as the financial, economic, and cultural center of Brazil.

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The ABC Region, comprising Santo Andre, Sao Bernardo do Campo and Sao Caetano do Sul in the south of Grande Sao Paulo, is an important location for industrial corporations, such as Volkswagen and Ford Motors.

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Sao Paulo is considered the most multicultural city in Brazil.

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Brazil has the largest Italian population outside Italy, with Sao Paulo being the most populous city with Italian ancestry in the world.

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Sao Paulo is home of the largest Japanese community outside Japan.

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Sao Paulo is receiving waves of immigration from Haiti and from many countries of Africa and the Caribbean.

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In 2008, the city of Sao Paulo ranked 493rd in the list of the most violent cities in Brazil.

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Italian influence in Sao Paulo accents is evident in the Italian neighborhoods such as Bela Vista, Mooca, Bras and Lapa.

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Greater Sao Paulo is home to a prominent self-identifying gay, bisexual and transgender community, with 9.

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Sao Paulo has public and private primary and secondary schools and vocational-technical schools.

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City of Sao Paulo is home to research and development facilities and attracts companies due to the presence of regionally renowned universities.

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Sao Paulo is one of the largest health care hubs in Latin America.

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Main hospitals in the city of Sao Paulo concentrate in the upper-income areas, the majority of the population of the city has a private health insurance.

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The city of Sao Paulo has the largest number of foreigners comparing with any other Brazilian city and an intense health tourism.

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In Brazil, the city of Sao Paulo has the largest number of doctors who can speak more than one language, which in this case is Portuguese, with the secondary languages predominantly are English and Spanish.

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Sao Paulo is divided into 32 subprefectures, each with an administration divided into several districts .

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The historical core of Sao Paulo, which includes the inner city and the area of Paulista Avenue, is in the Subprefecture of Se.

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Sao Paulo is considered the "financial capital of Brazil", as it is the location for the headquarters of major corporations and of banks and financial institutions.

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Sao Paulo is Brazil's highest GDP city and the 10th largest in the world, using Purchasing power parity.

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Once a city with a strong industrial character, Sao Paulo's economy has followed the global trend of shifting to the tertiary sector of the economy, focusing on services.

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Sao Paulo has one of the largest concentrations of German businesses worldwide and is the largest Swedish industrial hub alongside Gothenburg.

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, Sao Paulo has been one of the main economic centers of Latin America.

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Sao Paulo is practically all served by the water supply network.

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Sao Paulo has a history of actions, projects and plans related to urban planning that can be traced to the governments of Antonio da Silva Prado, Baron Duprat, Washington and Luis Francisco Prestes Maia.

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The region of Greater Sao Paulo is served by Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, Sao Jose dos Campos Airport and Jundiai Airport.

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Sao Paulo Metro operates 104 kilometers of rapid transit system, with six lines in operation, serving 91 stations.

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In 2014, the Sao Paulo Metro was elected the best metro system in the Americas.

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The Line 15 of the Sao Paulo Metro is the first mass-transit monorail of the South America and the first system in the world to use the Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300.

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Sao Paulo has no tram lines, although trams were common in the first half of the 20th century.

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Worldwide, Sao Paulo is one of only two metropolitan areas possessing two independent trolleybus systems, the other being Naples, Italy.

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Sao Paulo's songs drew from the life of urban workers, the unemployed and those who lived on the edge.

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Sao Paulo composed a song depicting a love murder scene in Sao Paulo called "Ronda".

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Local baritone Sao Paulo Szot has won international acclaim performing for six consecutive seasons at The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Opera de Paris, among others; and The Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his performance in a 2008 revival of South Pacific.

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Sao Paulo was home to the first Jesuit missionaries in Brazil, in the early 16th century.

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Sao Paulo has many neighborhoods and buildings of historical value.

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Museum of Art of the Parliament of Sao Paulo is a contemporary art museum housed in the Palacio 9 de Julho, the Legislative Assembly of Sao Paulo house.

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Sao Paulo is home to the two most important daily newspapers in Brazil, Folha de S Paulo and O Estado de S Paulo.

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The Sao Paulo Indy 300 was an IndyCar Series race in Santana that ran annually from 2010 to 2013.

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Sao Paulo hosted the official 1984 Tournament of the Americas where the Brazilian national team won its first out of four gold medals.

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