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Ponta Grossa

Ponta Grossa
Administration
Full nameCity of Ponta Grossa
Official nameCity of Ponta Grossa
Motto'Princesa dos Campos'(Princess of the fields)
CountryBR Brazil
RegionSouth
StateParaná
FoundedDecember 6, 1855
Incorporated1842
Government
MayorPedro Wosgrau (PSDB)
Geography
Total Area798.65 sq mi (2068.5 km2)
Elevation3198.8 ft (975 m)
Demography
Total Population314681 (2009)
Density (pop.)149.8/km2 (388/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Area code42
HDI (2000)0.804 high

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Ponta Grossa is a city in the state of Paraná, Brazil. With a population of over 315,000 inhabitants, it is the 4th most populous city of Paraná.

It is the second industrial pole of the State, exceeded only by Curitiba-the State's capital and largest city. Ponta Grossa, also known as the Princesa dos Campos-Princess of the Fields- is the home of the Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG).

Ponta Grossa is also home town of the "Parque Estadual da Vila Velha" (State Park of Old Town), a park made up of rocky formations formed over millions of years. Each rock formation has its own name, depending on which object/animal they look like.

Another attraction of the city is the Münchenfest - A National Stout Festival with national and international concerts that lasts a whole week and occurs at late November and the beginning of December.


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