World Cup Brazil 2014: Brasilia

Brasília is known as the capital of Brazil. Actually, Brasilia is one of the administrative divisions of the Federal District. People from the city of Brasília are known as brasilienses or candangos.

Brasilia is struggling to host the opening match of the World Cup. There are plans to build a new stadium, the National Stadium, which could be the second largest in Brazil.

The city and its District are located in the Central-West region of the country, along a plateau known as Planalto Central. It has a population of about 2,600,000 (3,600,000 in the metropolitan area), making it the sixth largest city in Brazil (behind Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Salvador).

Brasilia is one of the 100 largest cities in the World,  and  is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Brasília hosts 91 foreign embassies.

As the national capital, Brasília is the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government. The city also hosts the headquarters of many Brazilian State owned companies such as the Banco do Brasil, Caixa Econômica Federal and Correios.

The city is a world reference for urban planning. The locating of residential buildings around expansive urban areas, of building the city around large avenues and dividing it into sectors, has sparked debates and reflections on life in big cities in the 20th century.

The city’s planned design included specific areas for almost everything, including accommodation, Hotel Sectors North and South. However, new areas are now being developed as locations for hotels, such as the Hotels and Tourism Sector North, located on the shores of Lake Paranoá.

The city was planned and developed in 1956 with Lúcio Costa as the principal urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as the principal architect. In 1960, it formally became Brazil’s national capital. When seen from above, the main planned part of the city’s shape resembles an airplane or a butterfly.

Due to its central position, Brasília International Airport is a major airline hub for the rest of the country, connecting the capital to all major Brazilian cities and many international destinations; many flights connecting South and North of Brazil have a stopover in Brasilia. It is the third most important airport of Brazil, in terms of passengers and aircraft movements.

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