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12 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:07

Investing in Brazil: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Brazil.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Brazil has a population of 213.3 million, making it the fifth largest country in the world by this measure. There are 48.9% males and 51.1% females.

There are 94.5 million people employed in Brazil, with an unemployment rate of 13.4% – 10.3 million people.


Brazil is the ninth largest economy in the world with a GDP of $1.8 trillion. Brazil’s GDP has grown by -17% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 47% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 8.8 million students in tertiary education in Brazil, with 22.3 million students in secondary and 15.3 million in primary education. Brazil spent 8.8% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Brazil ranked 124th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 109th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Brazil finished 71st, after ranking 72nd in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $73.9 billion and private healthcare expenditure equalled $105.2 billion in 2018.

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The largest urban areas in Brazil are Sao Paulo (22 million people), Rio de Janeiro (12.7 million) and Belo Horizonte (5.4 million).

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