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São Paulo

Sao Paulo
Full nameSão Paulo
Official nameMunicípio de São Paulo
Municipality of São Paulo
Settlement typeMunicipality
Motto"Non ducor, duco(Latin)
"I am not led, I lead"
StateSão Paulo
MayorGilberto Kassab (Democrats)
Total Area587.9 sq mi (1522.986 km2)
Metro Area3066.3 sq mi (7943.818 km2)
Elevation2493.4 ft (760 m)
Total Population11.244.369 (1st) (2010)
Density (pop.)7216.3/km2 (18690.2/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)19672582
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC-3)
- Summer (DST)UTC-2 (UTC-2)
Postal Code (CEP)01000-000

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São Paulo (-ptsɐ̃w ˈpawlu-Br-SaoPaulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's eighth largest city by population. The metropolis is anchor to the São Paulo metropolitan area, ranked as the second-most populous metropolitan area in the Americas and among the five-largest metropolitan areas on the planet. São Paulo is the capital of the state of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state and exerts strong regional influence in commerce and finance as well as arts and entertainment. São Paulo maintains strong international influence and is considered an Alpha World City. The name of the city honors Saint Paul.

The metropolis has significant influence nationally and internationally, in terms of culture, economy and politics. It houses several important monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, São Paulo Museum of Art, the Ibirapuera Park and the Paulista Avenue, which is the most important financial center of São Paulo. The city holds many high profile events, like the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1 Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, and the São Paulo Indy 300.

It is home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange, the Future Markets, and the Cereal Market Stock Exchanges (the second largest stock exchange in the World, in market value).

São Paulo has been home to several of the tallest buildings in Brazil, including the building Mirante do Vale, Italia, Altino Arantes, North Tower of the UNSCOM (United Nations Centre Enterprise) and many others.

People from the city of São Paulo are known as paulistanos, while paulistas designates anyone from the whole of São Paulo state, including the paulistanos. The city's Latin motto, which it has shared with the battleship and the aircraft carrier named after it, is Non dvcor, dvco, which translates as "I am not led, I lead."

The city, which is also colloquially known as "Sampa" or "Cidade da Garoa" (city of drizzle), is also known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, architecture, gastronomy, and multitude of skyscrapers.

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