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Full nameState of Ceará
Native name langpt
Settlement typeState
MottoTerra da Luz (Land of Light)
Capital and Largest CityFortaleza
GovernorCid Ferreira Gomes
Vice GovernorFrancisco José Pinheiro
Total Area56490.4 sq mi (146348.3 km2)
Area rank17th
Total Population8448055 (6th) (2010 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (11th) (0/sq mi)
TotalR$ 60,099,000,000 (11th)
Per capitaR$ 6,149 (22rd)
Category0.723 - medium (22nd)
Other information
Time zoneBRT (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)Brasília Summer (UTC-02)
Postal Code60000-000 to 63990-000
ISO 3166 codeBR-CE

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Ceará (-ptsiaˈɾa) is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of Fortaleza.

Literally, the name Ceará means "sings the jandaia". According to José de Alencar, one of the most important writers of Brazil and an authority in native languages, Ceará is composed of cemo -- to sing aloud, to claim -- , and ara -- little

parakeet in a native language. There are also theories that the state name would derive from Siriará, a reference to the crabs from the seashore.The state is best known for its extensive coastline, with 573 km (356 mi) of sand. There are also mountains and valleys producing tropical fruits. To the south, on the border of Paraíba, Pernambuco and Piauí, is the National Forest of Araripe.

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