An Overview of Porto Alegre

The capital of Rio Grande do Sul, PORTO ALEGRE , lies on the eastern bank of the Rio Guaiba, at the point where five rivers converge to form the Lagoa dos Patos, a giant freshwater lagoon navigable by even the largest of ships. Founded in 1755 as a Portuguese garrison to guard against Spanish encroachment into this part of the empire, it wasn’t until Porto Alegre became the port for the export of beef that it developed into Brazil’s leading commercial centre south of São Paulo (source).

Porto Alegre is the biggest urban agglomeration of south Brazil. The perfect blend of Brazilian-Portuguese and Platinian-Spanish cultures, added to a strong European heritage, gives the city a unique background within Brazil. The city is one of the richest metropolis in the country, the state capital with the highest life quality and literacy rate (97%), and the book capital of Brazil.

Currently, Porto Alegre is a service centered city in between the industrial part of the state (north-east) and the rural part (south). It is also called the “Mercosul Capital” (source).

It is also consider the happiest place in the Brazil. In fact, Porto Alegre literally means “joyous port” (source).

Religion in Brazil and Porto Alegre

Brazil is said to be the largest Roman Catholic country in the world, but the truth is that there are all varieties of religious beliefs and practices to be found in the country. As for Catholicism, many Brazilians are baptized and married in the Catholic Church; however, they don’t attend Sunday Mass very often.

In recent decades, Protestantism has grown rapidly in Brazil. These Evangelical churches have different denominations which include the Assembly of God and the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. Lutherans and Baptists make up the bulk of the remaining Protestants and are centered in the southern part of the country, where the majority of German and northern European immigrants concentrated during the 19th and early 20th centuries (source).

True to the rest of Brazil, Porto Alegre is predominantly Catholic with a growing Evangelical Community: Catholic (75%), Protestant (9%), Spiritist (4%), remainder non-religious, Jewish and Jehovah’s Witnesses (source).

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