Brazilian Federal District facts for kids
Location of Federal District in Brazil
|• Total||5,802 km2 (2,240 sq mi)|
|• Density||456.49/km2 (1,182.29/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||1st|
|• Year||2006 estimate|
|• Total||R$ 110,630,000,000 (8th)|
|• Per capita||R$ 45,600 (1st)|
|• Category||0.911 – very high (1st)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC–3)|
|• Summer (DST)||BRST (UTC–2)|
|Postal code||70000-000 to 73690-000|
|ISO 3166 code||BR-DF|
The government of Brazil was moved to Distrito Federal on April 21, 1960. Before this, the Brazilian Federal District used to be the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards, the municipality of Rio de Janeiro became the Estado da Guanabara (State of Guanabara), from 1960 until 1975. In 1975, the State of Guanabara and the State of Rio de Janeiro merged, to be named the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Originally, most of the people were local workers (called "Candangos"), who built the capital, and federal government workers who were sent to the new capital, Brasília. The capital is a planned city. It had areas built for homes, business, schools and other uses. Originally built for up to one million people, the city now has many more than one million people. Because of how the city was built, it has been hard for the city to grow. This has caused many people to live in cities around Brasília. A large percentage of the people of the Distrito Federal live outside the city now.
The white color is for peace. The green and yellow colors in the middle refer to the national colors of Brazil. The four yellow arrows are for the native people of Brazil. The arrows pointing into the four cardinal directions of the compass stands for the power moving out from the center. The yellow arrows also form a cross. This is a symbol of the Southern Cross carried by the explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral.
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