Guide to Brazil April 19, 2018

How does Brazil’s justice system actually work?

Brazil Supreme Court Justice system Brazil’s justice

Public trust in the U.S. legal system might hover at around 50 percent, but it’s even lower in Brazil. According to a recent study from think-tank Fundação Getulio Vargas, just 29 percent of Brazilians trust their country’s legal system. A quick glance at some of the adjectives most frequently ascribed to Brazil’s justice system might… Read More »

Brazil’s Supreme Court: a trial machine

Brazil's Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/STF

In April 2005, Carlos Velloso ruled on one of the strangest cases he can remember. In his decades-long career, Velloso had served on some of Brazil’s most important courts before arriving to the Supreme Court in 1990. And yet, despite his weighty title of Supreme Court Justice, he had to rule on the man standing… Read More »

So, just how does the Brazilian political system work?

Brazil politics political system works

Foreigners sometimes seem dazzled by the high voter turnouts in our elections –  it’s above nearly all developed nations – without understanding that voting in Brazil isn’t just a right, it’s also a legal obligation. Citizens between 18 and 65 years old, regardless if they’re living abroad, are required by law to vote (or else… Read More »

‘Jeitinho brasileiro’, or the Brazilian way

Brazilian way jeitinho brasileiro

If you’re at all familiar with Brazil, then you’ve probably heard about the “jeitinho brasileiro” – or the Brazilian way. This expression refers to our informal way of handling problems. And though this motto is by no means exclusive to Brazil, it has indeed become a defining aspect of the quintessential Brazilian life. In essence,… Read More »

Do you need a visa to visit Brazil?

Visa policy travel to Brazil

Brazil has a visa policy that’s based on a principle of reciprocity: if we Brazilians need a visa to enter your country, then you’ll also need one to visit us. If you do require a visa to enter Brazil, you’ll need to apply for one in your country of origin. Our authorities do not issue… Read More »

Violence in Brazil

violence brazil

Brazil is home to 19 of the world’s 50 most violent cities, according to Mexico City think tank the Citizen Council on Public Security, Justice and Peace. Brazil has steadily earned a reputation for violence, with citing repression of protestors, prison conditions, LGBTQ rights, criminalization of abortion and police violence as contributing factors. Brazil also… Read More »

Gender issues in Brazil

Gender equality Brazil

Of Brazil’s 207.7 million inhabitants, just over half are women. Women are gaining ground in important areas, occupying 43 percent of the workplace and becoming the primary breadwinners in 37.3 percent of households. The country elected its first-ever female president, Dilma Rousseff, in 2010. Brazil is home to some of the world’s largest and most… Read More »

Race in Brazil

Angelica Dass skin color Pantone project race

When Brazil’s national statistics institute IGBE carried out its most recent national census in 2010, the results were unexpected. For the first time ever, more than half of the population – 54 percent, to be exact – identified as either black or brown/mixed. Labels used in the census to describe race haven’t evolved much over… Read More »

Religion in Brazil

Religion in Brazil

Between exposés on the rise of Evangelical Churches and photos of exorcisms, Brazil’s rise in Evangelical Christianity has in recent years become the subject of much media spectacle. But it would be a mistake to believe that this is Brazil’s only religion aside from Catholicism, which was brought to our shores with Portuguese colonizers in… Read More »