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São Leopoldo

Sao Leopoldo
Administration
Full nameCity of São Leopoldo
Official nameCity of São Leopoldo
CountryBrazil
RegionSouth
StateRio Grande do Sul
Founded1824
Incorporated1846 (town)
Government
MayorAry José Vanazzi (PT)
Geography
Total Area39.5 sq mi (102.31 km2)
Elevation85.3 ft (26 m)
Demography
Total Population212498 (2006 est.)
Density (pop.)2077/km2 (5379.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)

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São Leopoldo is an important Brazilian industrial city located in the south state of Rio Grande do Sul. It occupies a total area of 103.9 km2 (around 80 km2 urban area) at circa 30 km from the State Capital, Porto Alegre. Climate is sub-tropical, with temperatures varying from 2°C minimum at Winter to more than 40°C maximum during summer time. Summers are fairly dry.

Established on July 25, 1824, by German immigrants, São Leopoldo is considered the cradle of German culture in Brazil, that is to say, the first official city designed by the national Brazilian governor to start the German plan of immigration in the country. It has today a population of aprox.210,000 (2006).

São Leopoldo is one of the 13 beautiful cities along the Rota Romântica ('Romantic Route'), a touristic scenic route that runs from the State Capital towards the Serra Gaúcha.


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