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State of Mato Grosso do Sul
Flag of State of Mato Grosso do Sul
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Location of State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil
Location of State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil
Country  Brazil
Capital and Largest City Campo Grande
 • Total 357,124.962 km2 (137,886.719 sq mi)
Area rank 6th
 • Total 2,505,088
 • Rank 21st
 • Density 7.0145979/km2 (18.167725/sq mi)
 • Density rank 20th
Demonym(s) Sul-mato-grossense or Mato-grossense-do-sul
 • Year 2010 estimate
 • Total R$ 38.484,74 (17th)
 • Per capita R$ 10,599 (11th)
 • Year 2005
 • Category 0.810 – high (8th)
Time zone UTC-4 (BRT-1)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (BRST-1)
Postal Code
79000-000 to 79990-000
ISO 3166 code BR-MS

Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the states of Brazil. It shares borders with the states of Mato Grosso, Goiás, Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná. It also borders the countries of Paraguay and Bolivia to the west. Campo Grande is the capital of the state

Mato Grosso do Sul means "Southern Thick Forest". The name comes from its northern neighbour state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso do Sul was a part of Mato Grosso until they were split in the 1970s. Many people wrongly refer to Mato Grosso do Sul as simply "Mato Grosso". This has caused the government to consider changing its name to "Pantanal", the world's largest wetlands which is in the state.


Mato Grosso do Sul's economy is based mainly on farm products. Cattle-raising is the most important product of the state. Other products include sugarcane, wheat, soybeans, manioc, rice and cotton.


The state is located in western Brazil, in an area of the country that is mostly marshes of the Pantanal.

Mato Grosso do Sul is divided into 11 regions. It has 78 municipalities. Larger cities include:

The highest elevation is the 1,065 m high Morro Grande.


In 1977 the state was created by dividing the state of Mato Grosso. It officially became a state two years later on January 1, 1979.


Mato Grosso do Sul's flag was made by Mauro Michael Munhoz. White is for hope, green is for the state's plantlife, blue is for the sky and the yellow star adds balance, force and serenity.

States of Brazil Flag of Brazil
Acre | Alagoas | Amapá | Amazonas | Bahia | Ceará | Espírito Santo | Goiás | Maranhão | Mato Grosso | Mato Grosso do Sul | Minas Gerais | Pará | Paraíba | Paraná | Pernambuco | Piauí | Rio de Janeiro | Rio Grande do Norte | Rio Grande do Sul | Rondônia | Roraima | Santa Catarina | São Paulo | Sergipe | Tocantins
Federal District: Brazilian Federal District

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