Brazilian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Be cautious not to boast about the standard of institutions in Australia. Some Brazilians may think of Australia and Brazil as having perceived similarities, such as climate and geography. ‘Talking up’ Australia may be considered offensive.
  • The Carnaval is one of Brazil’s biggest events and begins approximately a week before Ash Wednesday, entailing widespread celebrations of an indulgent nature. Although the event has Christian and pagan origins, it is now considered a secular event. The festivities occur day and night for days on end, sometimes exceeding a week. Characteristics of Carnaval are vibrant colours, parades, energetic music and dance and grandiose costumes. The event allows people to hide aspects of their identity, such as gender, ethnicity, social and economic status, and thus temporarily escape the discrimination often experienced by those groups. It is a time of the year when the country unites and celebrates together.
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Brazil
  • Population
    205,823,665
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Portuguese (official)
    Note: Less common languages include Spanish (border areas and schools), German, Italian, Japanese, English and a large number of minor Amerindian languages
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (65.0%)
    Protestant Christianity (22.2%)
    Other Christianity (0.7%)
    Spiritist (2.2%)
    Other (1.4%)
    No Religion (8.0%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    White (47.7%)
    Mulatto (43.1%)
    Black (7.6%)
    Asian (1.1%)
    Indigenous (0.4%)
    [2010 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    69
    38
    49
    76
    44
    59
  • Australians with Brazilian Ancestry
    21,354 [2016 census]
Brazilians in Australia
  • Population
    27,630
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Brazil.
  • Average Age
    32
  • Gender
    Male (46.6%)
    Female (53.4%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (57.1%)
    Baptist Christianity (3.1%)
    Christianity [nfd] (3.0%)
    No Religion (16.4%)
    Not Stated (2.8%)
  • Ancestry
    Brazilian (58.8%)
    Italian (20.0%)
    Portuguese (15.1%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Portuguese (78.6%)
    English (16.1%)
    Spanish (1.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 90.0% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (44.8%)
    Queensland (23.6%)
    Victoria (13.9%)
    Western Australia (12.0%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (24.1%)
    2001-2006 (25.6%)
    2007-2011 (45.7%)
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