South American domains: Brazil (.com.br)
.br is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Brazil. It was administered by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (Comito Gestor da Internet no Brasil) until 2005 and now it's administered by Brazilian Network Information Center. A local contact is required for any registration. Registrations of domain names with Portuguese characters are also accepted.
With the exception of universities, the second-level domain is fixed and selected from a list that defines the category. For example, site.art.br is in the art (music, folklore etc.) category, and site.org.br is in the non-governmental organization ategory. Institutions of tertiary education were allowed to use the ccSLD .edu.br, although some use .com.br and others (mainly public universities) use .br. There are also some other few exceptions that were allowed to use the second level domain until the end of 2000. As of February 2007, most domain registrations ignore categories and register in the .com.br domain, which has over 90% of all registered domains. The .jus.br (Judiciary) domain has mandatory DNSSEC use.
.br is the most common Portuguese language Web site suffix, surpassing all other Portuguese-speaking countries' TLDs as well as .com in popularity.
Background Information :
Population2008 estimate 190,320,258 (5th) - 2007 census 189,987,291 - Density 22/km2 (182nd) 57/sq mi
GDP(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $1,837 trillion (9th) - Per capita $9,703 (61st)
National AnthemHino Nacional Brasileiro (Portuguese) "National Anthem of Brazil"
AreaTotal 8,514,877 km2 (5th) 3,287,597 sq mi - Water (%) 0.65
International Dialling Code55
CurrencyReal (R$) (BRL)
Population type49.7% White 42.6% Pardo (Brown) 6.9% Black 0.5% Asian 0.3% Amerindian
GovernmentPresidential Federal republic - President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva - Vice-President Jose Alencar - President of the Chamber of Deputies Arlindo Chinaglia - President of the Senate Garibaldi Alves Filho - Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes Independencefrom Portugal - Declared September 7, 1822 - Recognized August 29, 1825 - Republic November 15, 1889
Motto: "Ordem e Progresso" (Portuguese) "Order and Progress"
Time ZoneBRT (UTC-2 to -4) - Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2 to -5). Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: RepÈ¦blica Federativa do Brasil), is a country in South America. It is the fifth largest country by geographical area, occuping nearly half of South America, the ifth most populous country, and the fourth most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of over 7,491 kilometers (4,655 mi).
Brazil was a colony of Portugal from the landing of Pedro lvares Cabral in 1500 until its independence in 1822. Initially independent as the Brazilian Empire, the country has been a republic since 1889, although the bicameral legislature; now called Congress, dates back to 1824, when the first constitution was ratified. Its current Constitution defines Brazil as a Federal Republic. The Federation is formed by the union of the Federal District, the 26 States, and the 5,564 Municipalities.