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Minas Gerais

Minas Gerais
Full nameState of Minas Gerais
Native name langpt
Settlement typeState
MottoLibertas Quae Sera Tamen (Latin)
"Freedom albeit Late"
Capital and Largest CityBelo Horizonte
GovernorAntônio Anastasia
Total Area226399.9 sq mi (586528.29 km2)
Area rank4th
Total Population19595309 (2nd) (2010 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (14th) (0/sq mi)
Year2006 estimate
TotalR$ 214,814,000,000 (3rd)
Per capitaR$ 11,028 (10th)
Category0.800 - high (9th)
Other information
Time zoneBRT (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)BRST (UTC-2)
Postal Code30000-000 to 39990-000
ISO 3166 codeBR-MG

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Minas Gerais (-ptˈminɐz ʒeˈɾajsbr) is one of the 26 states of Brazil, of which it is the second most populous, the third richest, and the fourth largest in area. Minas Gerais is the Brazilian state with the largest number of Presidents of Brazil, the current one, Dilma Rousseff, being one of them. The capital is the city of Belo Horizonte, located near the central area. The main producer of coffee and milk in the country, Minas Gerais is known for its heritage of architecture and colonial art in historical cities such as Ouro Preto, Diamantina, Tiradentes and Mariana. In the south, the tourist points are the hydro mineral spas, such as Caxambu, São Lourenço, São Thomé das Letras, Monte Verde and the national parks of Caparaó and Canastra. The landscape of the State is marked by mountains, valleys, and large areas of fertile lands. In the Serra do Cipó, Sete Lagoas, Cordisburgo and Lagoa Santa, the caves and waterfalls are the attractions. Some of Brazil's most famous caverns are located there.

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