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Brazil-PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Currency


The local currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL). It is issued in coins of 1, 5, 10 and 50 centavos, and in bills of 1, 5, 10, 50 and 100 reals.



Business hours


Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00.
Administrations are open from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 17:00. Shops are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00. Supermarkets and commercial centres are open from 10:00 to 22:00.


Transportation


Road


Brazil has roughly 1.5 million km of highways but just over 10% are paved. In Brazil, 60% of all freight - including waterways, rivers and coastal shipping - moves over 1.5 million km of highways. The 1993 federal highway concession programme decided to privatise 8,000 kilometres of federal highways and to turn over 7,500 kilometres of federal highways to state control. Each winning concessionaire takes on the responsibility of meeting investment targets for roadbed and user service improvements over a predetermined time, which can be as long as 30 years.


Air


Tourists leaving Brazil by aircraft must pay an airport fee to get their boarding pass. The maintenance of the planes is correct. The maintenance of the planes used by the company Vasp is likely to be insufficient.

Internet


The Internet suffix is: .br

 


Basic conversation guide


Yes = Sim
No = N?o
Thank you = Obrigado ( m ), Obrigada ( f )
Hello = Ol?
Good morning = Bom dia
Goodbye = Adeus, Tchau
I do not understand = Eu n?o entendo.
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Quanto custa isto?
I would like to buy = Eu gostaria comprar...
Do you accept credit cards? = Voc?aceita cart?es de credito?
Where is? = Onde ?
The metro = Metr?BR> An airport = Aeroporto
The station = Estac?o ferroviaria
Post office = Correio
The bank = Banco
The police station, the police force = posto de police
The pharmacy = Farmacia
Would you have any vacancies for tonight ? = H?vagas para hoje ?noite?
One ticket to..., please. = Uma passagem para..., por favor.


Languages spoken


Official language: Portuguese. Commercial languages: English and Spanish. Historically, Brazilians have not been very open to learning other languages. However, in recent times, they have made progress in learning commercial languages such as English and Spanish.

 




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