This summer, all eyes is on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro or simply ‘Rio’ is the capital of the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro and the third largest metropolis in the country with a population of 6.3 million people. Part of the city was recognized as a world heritage site in 2012. Read the 9 interesting facts about Rio below to find out where and why.
#1. Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city
While Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil’s most popular cities and is known around the world for its yearly carnival. It is actually Brazil’s second largest city. With a population of approximately 6.32 million inhabitants. This Portuguese speaking city is the seventh largest in the Americas.