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Featuring Brazil

Brazil's Independence Day

The people of Brazil celebrated their 194th anniversary of independence on September 7, 2018. Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Brasília is the capital of Brazil.

The United States was the first country to recognize Brazil's independence in 1822. Brazil is the world’s ninth-largest economy and the United States is Brazil’s second-largest trading partner. Two-way trade was $88.2 billion in 2016. The United States had a $22.3 billion trade surplus with Brazil in 2016. Brazil’s main imports from the United States are aircraft, machinery, petroleum products, electronics, and optical and medical instruments. The United States is Brazil’s second-largest export market. The primary products are crude oil, aircraft, iron and steel, and machinery. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the United States had invested $64.4 billion in Brazil as of 2016, while Brazil had invested $36.9 billion in the United States. Brazilian investment in the United States supports more than 74,200 jobs.

The United States and Brazil have a long history of deepening people-to-people ties through exchanges in education, energy, health, agriculture, science and technology, and innovation. Education cooperation continues to thrive with numerous initiatives for youth, educators, and professionals. For example, the bi-national Fulbright Commission, established in 1957, has supported study and research exchanges for thousands of scholars between the two countries. Education USA helps Brazilian university students access information and opportunities for study in the United States at its 34 centers throughout the country. The government of Brazil continues to invest in Post-initiated exchange programs such as the Professional Development of Public School English Language Teachers (PDPI) in the United States, and a considerable expansion in Brazil of the English Teaching Assistant Program. The two countries have extensive scientific exchanges at the individual researcher level, as well as bilateral collaborations with the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The two nations collaborate in weather monitoring, metrology and standards, environmental impact monitoring, an extensive range of public health efforts, and Brazil is home to the U.S. National Institute of Health’s (NIH) largest research portfolio in Latin America.

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