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Brazil: Introduction to International Expansion 1
Brazil: An Introduction to International ExpansionJeff BurneyShorter College
 
Brazil: Introduction to International Expansion 2
AbstractThis paper will discuss the prospect of opening business operations in Brazil. The paper will review several different areas that will help make a final decision on foreign operationswithin Brazil. We will review the governmental atmosphere, labor conditions, and education inBrazil. In governmental atmosphere, the topics of political stabilization and culture will bereviewed. Ethics and religions will be discussed under culture. Labor conditions will deal withthe laborer¶s work environment and labor unions. Education will discuss how it affects income,how the education system is provided and how it affects politics. These areas will be used tomake a final decision on moving forward with foreign operations.
 
Brazil: Introduction to International Expansion 3
Introduction
Brazil is a very diverse country. It has a diverse background when considering it¶sdemographics, culture, politics etc. It is the 5
th
largest country in the world behind Russia,Canada, China, & the US with a land area of 8,514,876 km
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. Most of the country has a tropicalclimate and includes the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil is home to diversified habitats. They havea wide variety of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources.Brazil has the 10
th
largest economy in the world and has the largest economy in SouthAmerica. It has a GDP per capita of $10,200. They are a major exporter of aircraft, electricalequipment, automobiles, iron ore, coffee, etc. Their currency is currently tied to the US dollar.Brazil has a population of 190,000,000 people. The population is mostly mixed amongtwo different races. The population is approximately 48% white and 44% brown or multiracial.The illiteracy rate is around 12% and only 1.74% among the population between 15 and 19 yearsof age. The predominant religion in Brazil is Roman Catholic, with 74% of the populationidentifying itself as such and 15%-20% identifying itself as protestant. The number identifyingitself with Catholicism makes it the largest Catholic nation in the world.Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and is the only Portuguese-speakingcountry. Brazil gained its independence from Portugal in 1822 as the Brazilian Empire and became a republic in 1889. Brazil has been plagued with multiple governmental changes since1889. It has changed from a democratic republic to military dictatorship multiple times. In1974, General Ernesto Geisel became the president and started the country on its current path of re-democratization. This has been done through a very purposeful and slow process. A civiliangovernment has been in control since 1985 and is one of the longest spans of democratic controlin the past 120 years. Brazil¶s government has three parts much like the United States. They

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