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Moving to Brazil

Brazil Score
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What is Brazil?

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Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America, known for its beautiful women

The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in Latin America (in many aspects), the only Portuguese speaking country in the area, and a pretty interesting nation.

Let’s start with its size.

There’s no denying Brazil is a juggernaut, with a population of 211 million people, 7500 kilometers of coastline, 4 time zones, it’s the world’s fifth-largest country and the sixth most populous.

It borders every single country in South America except Chile and Ecuador, and covers nearly 50% of the continent. In addition, it’s the longest country in the world (distance from north to south).

Brazil is one of 17 multidiverse countries in the world, has a massive tropical forest, a variety of ecological systems, many protected habitats, diverse topography (hills, mountains, plains, highlands, and so on), multiple climates (most of the country can be considered tropical though) and is very multicultural and ethnically diverse.

There’s no real dry season, and it has a very clement average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit).

Its history is pretty similar to most other countries in the area, in that it was a colony of Portugal until 1808, then gained independence later on (1822) and has had a rough path since then, with multiple coups, civil unrest and a steadily improving economy.

Currently it’s a democratic federal republic with Brasilia as its capital.

Brazil can be considered an emerging power, an advanced emerging economy, and a newly industrialized country – although the last few years have seen a significant decrease in economic growth.

It’s still the largest economy in Latin America and one of the world’s major breadbaskets, but there is also plenty of corruption, crime and social inequality.

In fact, there are above average levels of violent crime, very high levels of gun violence and homicide, and it has the third largest prison population behind China and the US.

Internationally speaking Brazil is doing well, as it follows a policy of non-intervention in the affairs of other countries and opts for peaceful dispute settlement.

Isn’t that nice?

Brazil hasn’t handled COVID-19 well at all, and boasts the second highest death toll in the world (after the US).

Prostitution is legal, and weed isn’t.

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Requirements for moving to Brazil

If moving to Brazil is something you are considering, then I’m happy to let you know that the requirements for doing so aren’t very strict at all.

Brazil is easy to move to, mostly because of its great visa system.

Most Westerners do not even need a visa if they stay up to 90 days, after which your stay can be extended.

Getting permanent residence is also possible, if you are an investor or can prove you are retired with an income of over $2,000 per month.

You can even get citizenship after a few years!

The cost of living in Brazil is also very low, so this will most likely not be a problem for you at all.

I would say that the only requirement for moving to Brazil is your ability to make a few thousand dollars per month through international income.

Once you get that sorted, you can easily move to Brazil.

What is the cost of living in Brazil?

The cost of living in Brazil is very low, as it is still a developing country.

If you earn $1,000 per month, you will be able to stay in Brazil and live a decent life.

As with most other countries I talk about on this site, I do advocate that you aim for at least double that amount.

This will give you plenty of breathing room in case something goes wrong, or if you just want to live it up a bit more.

Its economy is growing so the cost of living will keep increasing, but at the moment it’s still very low.

Benefits of living in Brazil

  • Low cost of living

    Living in Brazil can be done on a budget, and if you make $1,000 to $2,000 per month, you’ll be just fine.

  • Decent weather

    Although Brazil can be pretty damn humid at times, the average temperature is clement and very pleasant. There aren’t that many rainy days either

  • Beautiful nature

    Brazil is one of the few megadiverse countries in the world, and sports exceptionally beautiful vistas and natural sights. Beaches, forests, mountains, plants, animals, you name it

  • Safe internationally speaking

    Brazil is very unlikely to get involved in a war, because it has peaceful relations with just about everyone

  • Great visa system

    If you’re a Westerner, you probably do not even need to get a visa before going to Brazil. You can stay up to 90 days, after which you can extend your stay. Permanent residence and citizenship are also possible and reasonably easy to get

  • Beautiful women

    Brazil’s known for its gorgeous and hot women, and I can attest that this is no false claim

  • Prostitution is legal

    If you’re into paying for sex, you’ll feel right at home in Brazil because not only is this legal, it’s also cheap

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Downsides of living in Brazil

  • Unsafe nationally speaking

    Brazil has elevated crime levels across the board, and one of the highest murder rates in the world. I wouldn’t worry about this too much, because if you stick to safer areas and aren’t a dumbass who goes around flashing cash and smartphones in the favelas, you’ll probably be fine

  • Corruption

    Brazil is still developing and the income inequality is rather large, so police and politicians are often corrupt

  • Humid

    The weather’s pretty great, but the humidity ensures you’ll be sweating a lot

  • Low levels of English

    English isn’t widely spoken in Brazil (yet), so if you venture outside of the touristy spots, it’s recommended you learn some basic Portuguese (not difficult) or use a translation app

Moving to Brazil - by the numbers

Brazil Score
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Climate: 7.8/10

Hours of sunshine (7/10) Temperature (10/10) Rainy days (10/10) Humidity (4/10)
24 C – 75 F

Level of English: 4/10

Low Proficiency

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person

Taxes on international income: 7.5/10

0 to 27.5%

Residents of Brazil are taxed on their worldwide income, and non-residents are taxed only on their Brazilian-sourced income. You’re considered a resident if you stay here more than half the year.

Economic growth: 2/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 1.5%

Safety: 4/10

Global Terrorism Index (10/10) Intentional homicide rate (0/10) Rape rate (2/10)

Visa: 9/10

  • Visa (9/10)

    Westerners do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days. Your stay can be extended

  • Permanent Residence (10/10)

    Possible when you invest $50,000 in production, or if you are a retiree with an income of over $2,000. Other ways are marriage or if you have children

  • Citizenship (8/10)

    Possible after 4 years of permanent residency, but you need to speak Portuguese, and have no criminal record. You are also allowed to keep your previous nationality

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How is life for expats in Brazil?

If you want to become an expat in Brazil, there are several ways how this can be considered a great move.

Brazil’s got a low cost of living, and if you earn at least $1,000 a month you should be fine to live by yourself.

The weather’s pretty great too, and you can enjoy all the natural sights this country has to offer, such as beautiful beaches, mountains, and forests.

The pretty girls are certainly a massive bonus if you’re a man, as is the fact that prostitution is legal (if you can’t be arsed to get sex the old fashioned way).

Now, apart from the great weather, low cost of living and hot girls, Brazil is also known for its rampant and elevated levels of crime.

While you probably will not experience much of this yourself, there is certainly the chance that you will – and you will have to take this into account.

The low level of English is very disappointing as well, because while learning Portuguese isn’t very difficult, there aren’t many other countries you can use this skill in.

Spanish on the other hand can be used in 90% of the other Latin American countries, and thus it seems like a much better option to put time into.

I would suggest using Brazil as a country you visit for a vacation, but not to plant any flags in.

Yes, you could get residence, but there are better options in the area (neighbors Paraguay and Uruguay come to mind) and for your other flags it isn’t too great either.

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