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Starting a Business in Brazil

An alternative to finding a formal, full-time job in Brazil is to go the self-employed route, either by working as a freelancer (with clients in Brazil, North America, or both) or by starting your own business. In this article, local expert Michael Sommers discusses the realities and challenges of starting a business in Brazil.

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Deciding Where to Live When Moving to Brazil

Deciding where to live in Brazil is as complex as deciding whether you want to move to Brazil in the first place. Michael Sommers gives an overview of the four main territorial regions of the country, as well as the top places to live in each region.

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Moving Your Possessions to Brazil

With the exception of books, which can be sent quite cheaply by mail, shipping possessions to Brazil from North America is very expensive. Michael Sommers lets you know what to look for in a shipping company and what to keep in mind when making your move.

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A Brief History of Brazilian Cinema

Films have always been very popular in Brazil. Author Michael Sommers covers the history of Brazilian cinema, from 1930s romances to the state-subsidized industry begun in the 1960s to the latest crop of critically acclaimed films being produced in the country’s current studios.

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LGBT Life in Brazil

Many gay and lesbian foreigners associate Brazil with images of transvestites, Carnaval drag queens, and the muscle boys of Ipanema and allow themselves to think that Brazil is a very gay-friendly place. In reality, it is and it isn’t. Living abroad expert Michael Sommers discusses Brazilian cultural attitudes toward LGBT individuals.

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Life in Brazil

Although the financial opportunities are myriad, many expats who take up residence in Brazil do so for reasons that are more romantic than rational. Michael Sommers discusses the reality of what it takes to live happily in Brazil.

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Foreigners in Brazil

Even though Brazil doesn’t receive as many immigrants as the United States and Canada, Brazilians themselves are incredibly welcoming to foreigners. As an expat, author Michael Sommers has firsthand experience of what it’s like to adjust to life in Brazil.

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Driving in Brazil: Pros and Cons

Whether you’re moving abroad or simply visiting, driving in Brazil is not for the faint of heart. Author Michael Sommers covers the advantages and disadvantages of being behind the wheel in Brazil.

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Brazilian Portuguese

Living abroad expert Michael Sommers covers some of the differences between Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese spoken in Portugal, as well as the influence of other languages.