Brazilian Culture

Greetings

  • Standard greetings vary from region to region. The most common and appropriate greeting for anyone is a handshake. In Brazil, handshakes are usually firm, although some may prefer lighter handshakes.
  • Brazilians usually take the time to greet each person individually, making direct eye contact.
  • In a group or social setting, the person arriving is expected to greet everyone first. One is also expected to bid farewell to everyone when they are leaving.
  • Among men who are close to one another, they may add a pat on the back with the handshake.
  • It is common for friends to greet each other with a warm hug.
  • Commonly, women lightly kiss the person she is greeting on each cheek. 
  • If a female wishes to shake hands with a male, it is expected that she will extend her hand first.
  • When addressing an adult, it is common practice to call them “senhor” (Mister) or “senhora” (Miss), followed by their first name. As a general rule, use the formal address for people you are unfamiliar with as well as those who are older than you.
  • Common verbal greetings include ‘olá’ (‘hello’), ‘bom dia’ (‘good day’), ‘boa tarde’ (‘good afternoon’) and ‘boa noite’ (‘good evening’ or ‘good night’).
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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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