Moving to Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America and is home to an ever-expanding expat population. With a resource-rich economy and booming mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, there is an extensive range of job opportunities for expats moving to Brazil.

Vibrant cities, pristine beaches, exotic jungles and gargantuan rivers add further allure to make Brazil an exhilarating destination full of exciting travel and career potential.

Brasilia, the capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the seat of Brazil’s government, and is home to over 100 embassies and consulates as well as the headquarters of numerous national companies.

While Brazil has all the statistics of a world economic powerhouse, the country is not without its problems. A Portuguese colony for three centuries, Brazil gained independence in 1822, heralding years of political instability and military intervention. Finally, in the late 1980s, Brazil adopted a democratic constitution. Democracy does not translate into equality, however, and Brazil has a vastly unequal income distribution that has resulted in high crime rates in the large cities and the growth of its infamous favelas or slum areas. However, this relatively young democracy has become South America’s leading economic power and on a global platform it is a resource-rich BRIC country.

Due to its sprawling size, the easiest way to travel between cities around Brazil is by plane. Brazil has the largest road network in Latin America, which makes car travel a viable option. It also means car ownership is a good idea for expats living on the outskirts of cities, or those wanting to explore the countryside. Long-distance buses, trains and boats also keep the country connected. Within cities there are generally extensive bus services and a range of bus companies to choose from. Major cities, such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, all have efficient metros spanning their areas.

All of Brazil's major cities have numerous English-language international schools servicing the diplomatic, expat and immigrant populations. Brazil has both public and private healthcare available. Speaking at least basic Portuguese is vital for expats when conducting business and taking care of everyday affairs in Brazil.

From the Amazon basin to the beautiful beaches along its northern and eastern shores, Brazil’s climate is as varied as its terrain. The whole country encompasses six climatic regions: tropical rainforest, tropical wet and dry, tropical monsoon, semi-arid, humid subtropical and subtropical highland.

Brazil’s vibrant cities and varied wildlife make the country a fantastic all-round expat destination.