"Land of Abundant Pine Cones"
Curitiba, standing some 3,000 feet (914 meters) above sea level on
the plateau of Serra do Mar, is
the capital of the progressive
state of Parana. Since the late 1800's,
Curitiba's bracing climate and
picturesque location have attracted immigrants of Slav, German, and
Italian origin. Curitiba grew
rapidly after 1950 and it is known for the sensible manner in which it
became a major city without
losing a comfortable life-style. The city derives its economic prosperity
from its role as commercial
and processing center for the expanding agricultural and ranch areas in
the interior of the state. The population of this
capital has about 1,500,000 inhabitants.
(Adapted from text of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington,DC)
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The State of Paraná
Area : 199,544 sq.km.
Population : 9,150,000
Capital : Curitiba
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