Brazil and Uruguay at a glance
Green with a large yellow diamond in the center bearing a blue celestial globe with 27 white five-pointed stars, a number that’s risen from the original 21 with the creation of new states. A white equatorial band bears the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress).
Language: Portuguese (Don’t speak to them in Spanish, and print materials in both English and Portuguese)
Religion: 65% Roman Catholic
Economic capital: Sao Paulo
Population: 205 million
Urban population: 86%
Government: Federal republic
GDP (official exchange rate): $1.8 trillion
Franchise association: Associacao Brasileira de Franchising (ABF)
Currency: Real (conversion rate at press time: 1 BRL equals 0.31 USD
Ease of doing business ranking by World Bank: 116
This flag’s yellow sun bearing a human face is known as Sun of May, which evokes the legend of the sun breaking through the clouds on May 25, 1810, as independence was first declared from Spain. The banner was inspired by Argentina’s national colors and the design of the U.S. flag.
Location: Southern South American, between Argentina and Brazil. The country is slightly smaller than the state of Washington.
Population: 3.35 million, about 80% urban
Official language: Spanish
Government: Presidential republic
Business climate: Uruguay’s political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.
Ease of doing business ranking by World Bank: 92
Currency: Uruguayan peso
GDP (official exchange rate): $53.79 billion
Literacy rate: 98.5%, due in large part to the country’s provision of free primary through university education.
Sources: U.S. Commercial Service, CIA World Factbook, World Bank.