Brazil Country Profile

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North and South America
Capital City

Largest City
São Paulo
Brazilian real

215.3 million

Life Expectancy
75.9 years
GDP (nominal)
$1.9 trillion

Cost of Living
English Proficiency
Very cheap (2/7)
Very comfortable (1/5)
Very Dangerous (6/7)
Average (3/5)
Low (4/5)

Taxation Type: Residence-based

Sovereign Research's take:

Brazil is part of the Mercosur, allowing its citizens to obtain residency in any other Mercosur country using a simplified procedure.
We think the following famous saying describes the country well: “Brazil is a country of the future. And it always will be.”

The latter part speaks to the fact that Brazileans, so far, have not been able to realize the country’s potential.

One of the reasons for this is its mind-boggling bureaucracy. Simple procedures such as getting a driver’s license, opening a company or a bank account, or getting a visa stamped often becomes a feat-like accomplishment.

And to run a business in Brazil, you need to be VERY patient. Better yet, you must be a saint. Otherwise, you’ll be overwhelmed by its mountains of bureaucracy and taxation.

At the same time, Brazil doesn't disappoint on the personal front. It is a big, incredibly diverse and energizing place. People of every skin color, race or belief will fit in well in Brazil.

Every one of Brazil’s regions has its own flavor, too. In most nations, it’s enough to visit one or two towns to get a general idea about the country. Not so in Brazil.

Porto Alegre and Florianopolis have a strong European heritage. Rio and Sao Paulo are very cosmopolitan cities with a great mixture of people and cultures. And further up north, in Fortaleza and Recife, you start to feel a distinct Caribbean vibe. 

We like Brazil as a place to have a baby. Your child automatically becomes a citizen in Brazil. And the child’s parents can immediately claim permanent residency in the country, and later also count on expedited naturalization, after one year of residency instead of the standard four. 

And in early 2022, Brazil announced its own version of the Nomad Visa, allowing people to live in the country for a full year while avoiding most of its dreaded bureaucracy..

Service Providers available in Brazil in Sovereign Research's Rolodex:

  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Corporate services (company formation, etc.)
  • Natal services (for jus soli countries)
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Brazil inside Sovereign Research resources
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06-Sep-2209/06/22Residency in Brazil Part II: Retirement Visa Program Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
29-Aug-2208/29/22August 2022 SMC Q&A Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
15-Aug-2208/15/22“Food Secure” Countries in the World — One Might be Right for You Sovereign ConfidentialSMCMonthly Letter
28-Jul-2207/28/22July 2022 SMC Q&A Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
25-Jul-2207/25/22Residency in Brazil Part I: Digital Nomad Visa Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
27-Jun-2206/27/22A Roundup of Naturalization Rules & Timelines in the Americas Sovereign ConfidentialSMCBlack Paper
31-Mar-2203/31/22March 2022 SMC Q&A (Live Call Recording) Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
28-Jan-2201/28/22January 2022 SMC Q&A Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
29-Dec-2112/29/21December 2021 SMC Q&A Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
24-Nov-2111/24/21The Ultimate Plan B Guide: How To Be Free in an Unfree World Sovereign ConfidentialSMCBlack Paper
05-Nov-2111/05/21Where In The World Are Vaccine Mandates Unconstitutional? Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
24-Sep-2109/24/21Consider These Two Latin American Countries for Your Child’s Birth Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
15-Jun-2106/15/21Here Are 15 Factors to Consider Before Your International Move Sovereign ConfidentialSMCMonthly Letter
09-Feb-2102/09/21The Sovereign Man Starter Guide Sovereign ConfidentialSMCBlack Paper
15-Dec-2012/15/20Obtain these foreign residencies without leaving your home country Sovereign ConfidentialSMCMonthly Letter
05-Aug-2008/05/20How to turn opportunities into freedom - from someone who has done it Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
30-Apr-2004/30/20April 2020 SMC Q&A Sovereign ConfidentialSMCQ&A
05-Jul-1807/05/18The Sovereign Man Global Passport Ranking: 2018 Edition Sovereign ConfidentialSMCBlack Paper
25-Jun-1806/25/18Have a baby in this country and get a passport within two years Sovereign ConfidentialSMCCase Study
06-Apr-1704/06/17Sovereign Man Country Rankings: The Right Country for YOU, with Simon's insights Sovereign ConfidentialSMCBlack Paper
28-Oct-1410/28/14Getting residency (and a potential passport) in Brazil via marriage just got easier Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert
15-Jan-1301/15/13Become a citizen by having a baby in Brazil Sovereign ConfidentialSMCAlert

Articles featuring Brazil

Trends & News

Lifestyle arbitrage: Meet the 600 single Brazilian women trapped in a small town with no men

September 8, 2014 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile When Ferdinand Magellan and his men arrived in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro in 1519, throngs of naked native women swam out into the surf to greet them. Having spent the previous months battling through the brutal waters of the Atlantic, this was certainly a welcome sight. […]

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My absurd story of financial misery in Brazil

[Editor’s note: Sovereign Research team member Peter Keusgen, lead editor of our private investment service, is filling in while Simon is en route to New York City today.] I’m sitting in a café in an upscale part of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a short walk from the Renaissance Hotel, watching the news come in about the […]

Trends & News

Brazil builds its own fiber optic network to avoid the NSA

November 11, 2014 Santiago, Chile This past week Brazil announced that it will be building a 3,500-mile fiber-optic cable to Portugal in order to avoid the grip of the NSA. What’s more, they announced that not a penny of the $185 million expected to be spent on the project will go to American firms, simply […]

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Brazil’s government creates 46 new tax rules EVERY DAY

One of the truest aphorisms in the world of investing is that Brazil is the country with the MOST potential… and always will be. There are few other countries on the planet blessed with such an abundance of resources—fertile land, plenty of water, a huge population, incalculable mineral and natural resource wealth, etc. And yet […]

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