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Northeast Region, Brazil

Northeast Region, Brazil
Full nameNortheast Region
Native nameRegião Nordeste
Native name langpt
Settlement typeRegion
Largest citiesSalvador, Fortaleza and Recife
Total Area601463.7 sq mi (1558196 km2)
Area rank3rd
Total Population51065275 (2nd) (2005 census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (3rd) (0/sq mi)
Pop. Estimate53591197( 2009)
Urban (pop.)71.5%
Year2007 estimate
TotalR$347,797,041,000 (3rd)
Per capitaR$6,749 (5th)
Category0.720 - medium (5th)
Life expectancy69 years (5th)
Infant mortality36.9% (5th)
Literacy79.3% (5th)
Other information
Time zoneBRT (UTC-03)
- Summer (DST)BRST (UTC-02)

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The Northeast Region of Brazil ( ) is composed of the following states: Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia, and it represents 18.26% of the Brazilian territory.

The Northeast Region has a population of 53.6 million people, which represents 28% of the total number in the whole country. Most of the population lives in urban areas and about 15 million people live in the sertão. It is famous in Brazil for its hot weather, beautiful beaches, rich culture (unique folklore, music, cuisine, literature), Carnival and St. John's festivities, the sertão and being the birthplace of the country.

The biggest cities are Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife, which are the regional metropolitan areas of the Northeast, all with a population above a million inhabitants and metropolitan areas above 3.5 million.

Salvador International Airport, Recife International Airport and Fortaleza International Airport connects the Northeast region with many Brazilian cities and also operates some internationally scheduled and chartered flights. The Nordeste, according to Infraero, has the second largest number of passengers (roughly 20%) in Brazil.

The Northeast is home to several universities, museums, theaters, churches, and historical landmarks of colonial Brazil.

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