The State of Rio de Janeiro: Introductory Note
Philip RaworthEdited By: Philip Raworth
© 2017 Oxford University Press
Rio de Janeiro is the third smallest of the twenty-six states of the Federative Republic of Brazil with an area of 43,696.1 square kilometers (16,871.2 square miles). It is, however, the third most populous state with, as of 2012, a population of 16,231,365. The State is situated in the Southeast Region together with Minas Gerais to the west, Espírito Santo to the north and São Paulo to the southwest. To the east and south of the State lies the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of the State is Rio de Janeiro. The city of Rio de Janeiro was established in 1565 to counter...