quinta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2013

Happy Aniversary São Paulo!

        Have you heard the term "megacity" Maybe your haven't even noticed that you are living in one of them. Megacities are huge than big cities. It has a large concentration of people, whuch can cause a lot of problems if they don't have infrastructure. It's the biggest city in Latin America and the richest in Brazil. 
        According to the 2010 census conducted by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), the population of the state of São Paulo was 41,252,360 inhabitants, being the most populous state in Brazil, accounting for over 20% of the brazilian population. The population density in the state, which is a division between its population and its area is 165.7 inhabitants per square kilometer.
 It's population is made up of people from different ethnic groups. The strong immigration in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century brought to São Paulo people from all over the world. Mostly of the the five million immigrants who landed in Brazil settled in the state territory. The population is descended mostly from European immigrants (mainly Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and German).
There are also large communities of Middle Easterners (Lebanese, Syrians and Armenians) and East Asian (Japanese, Korean and Chinese), and descendants of Africanan imigrants.  Just as an example, the largest Japanese community out of Japan is in São Paulo, (Check it here) and the largest Lebanese community out of Lebanon is also in São Paulo. So many different people from a lot of interesting cultures have immeasurable contributed to the great diversity in music, food, literature, dance and all other cultural aspects of the city. These aspects have been so weel mixed that we can say São Paulo is a "melting pot". Although this expression was particularly used in the 1780s to describe the assimilation of immigrants to the USA, it designates a heterogeneous society which becomes more homogeneous, a place where the different cultural elements "melting together" into a harmonious whole with a common culture. And that's São Paulo - a mix of so many "everything" that get so well together and which is able to built a special city, with many problems, of course, but whose importance goes beyond the borders of our country.  
Post Question: Do you live in São Paulo? Do you like to live there? (If you don't live in São Paulo, where do you live? Do you like to live in this city?) Why? What's your favorite aspect of (or place in)  SP city? Why? In your opinion, what's the biggest problem in São Paulo?
Tip: To know a little bit more of this megacity, visit the official tourism site of São Paulo city (Just click here). You can plan your weekend and get some very useful and nice tips to have fun, eat well and learn about this important city! Enjoy it!

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