Porto Alegre

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The Brazilian city of Porto Alegre is the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul and one of the largest settlements in the south of the country. It is the political, economic and cultural center of the region. Porto Alegre is ranked first in the countrys standard of living. It is part of the Porto Alegre metropolitan area.

The citys territory is dominated by a tropical climate. It occupies space in the delta, which was formed as a result of the conjunction of five rivers. One of the most popular means of transportation among the population is the subway line. Just 10 kilometers from the citys line is the current international airport of Salagada Filya.

The city is considered to have been founded in 1772. At one time its territory was inhabited by the Guaraní people. The first European colonizer who investigated the present area was the farmer Jerome Vasqueñuelus. Consequently, the exits from the Azores Islands were settled there. Porto Alegre acquired city status in November 1822 by personal decree of the first Brazilian emperor Don Pedro I.

First, Port Aguirre was founded as a fortress by the lake to protect the safety and security of the townspeople of Viamana. In addition to the Azores settlers, the former inhabitants of Rioux-Grandy were also settled in the city. Over the years, the city has expanded considerably and moved out of its borders.

As a reminder of past events and past centuries, historic structures have risen in the city. The Praise Kinshasa building was built in 1911. Its frame was made in Britain and already assembled at the site in Porto Alegre. The building is Art Nouveau and the halls are now occupied by a spectacular tourist restaurant.

The citys main market is housed in a historic building dating back to 1869. Its area is filled with a great variety of merchants with all kinds of merchandise. The City Hall is housed in a 1901 neo-classical architectural building designed by Louis Colosse Comte. It is adorned by an adjacent picture window, which was donated to the city by the Spanish Society in 1935.

100 USD = 539.21 BRL

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 1,400,000 people
  • Population density: euro euro not busy: 14x14m 196m per person
  • GDP: $8,649 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 115V230V60Hz
  • Internet: 11 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Vivo
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Brazilians have a friendly reputation, but tipping is not a part of the culture. Restaurants: A 10% “servico” charge is often added to the bill. While there is no legal obligation to pay it, it’s customary to do so.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best taxi: Uber
  • Best coworking space: Fabricadeideiascw
  • Online electronics shop: Submarino
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Azul
  • Best intl air carrier: Tam
  • Monthly costs for expat: $550
  • Monthly costs for family: $1200
  • Monthly costs for local: $340
  • Meal: $3.5
  • Small Cola: $0.5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.4
  • Coffee: $1

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