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A favela, or shanty town, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo
A favela, or shanty town, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo

Source: Public Domain

Brazil's currency, the Real, which helped bring stability to the country with its introduction in 1994
Brazil's currency, the Real, which helped bring stability to the country with its introduction in 1994

Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Zolotov

Brazil's flag
Brazil's flag

Source: Public Domain

Brazil's National Congress, Brasilia
Brazil's National Congress, Brasilia

Source: Public Domain

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Source: Agencia Brasil

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff
Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff

Source: Agencia Brasil

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff, following Rousseff's electoral victory
Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff, following Rousseff's electoral victory

Source: Agencia Brasil

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Dilma Rousseff in 2009
Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Dilma Rousseff in 2009

Source: Agencia Brasil (Ricardo Stuckert/PR)

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hold a picture of themselves that reads “Long live the friendship between Iran and Brazil”
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hold a picture of themselves that reads “Long live the friendship between Iran and Brazil”

Source: Agencia Brasil

Campaign literature scattered outside a Brazilian polling station
Campaign literature scattered outside a Brazilian polling station

Source: Agencia Brasil

Celebrations following Dilma Rousseff's victory in Brazil's 2010 elections
Celebrations following Dilma Rousseff's victory in Brazil's 2010 elections

Source: Agencia Brasil

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro

Source: Klaus with K

Dilma Rousseff (left), Jose Serra, and Marina Silva, the main candidates in Brazil's 2010 presidential elections
Dilma Rousseff (left), Jose Serra, and Marina Silva, the main candidates in Brazil's 2010 presidential elections

Source: Agencia Brasil

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil 1995-2003
Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil 1995-2003

Source: Agencia Brasil

Getulio Vargas, center, and supporters after leading a successful coup d'etat in 1930
Getulio Vargas, center, and supporters after leading a successful coup d'etat in 1930

Source: Public Domain

Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party casting his vote
Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party casting his vote

Source: Agencia Brasil

Marina Silva of Brazil's Green Party with supporters
Marina Silva of Brazil's Green Party with supporters

Source: Agencia Brasil

Pedro Americo’s 1888 “Independence or Death,” depicting Brazil’s independence earlier in the century
Pedro Americo’s 1888 “Independence or Death,” depicting Brazil’s independence earlier in the century

Source: Public Domain

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (center, looking up) poses with workers at a refinery of Petrobras, Brazil’s government-controlled oil company
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (center, looking up) poses with workers at a refinery of Petrobras, Brazil’s government-controlled oil company

Source: Agencia Brasil

The 2003 inauguration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with presidential sash, flanked by outgoing President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and both men's wives
The 2003 inauguration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with presidential sash, flanked by outgoing President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and both men's wives

Source: Agencia Brasil

The ratification of Brazil's democratic constitution, 1988
The ratification of Brazil's democratic constitution, 1988

Source: Agencia Brasil

The Sao Paolo prison where now Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff was held during the country’s military government
The Sao Paolo prison where now Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff was held during the country’s military government

Source: FrancisW

The Sao Paulo Stock Exchange
The Sao Paulo Stock Exchange

Source: Rafael Matsunaga