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The Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America and, by area, the fifth largest in the world. It makes up about half of South America's landmass.

The republic borders every nation on the continent except Chile and Ecuador, and is the most populous -- with a population of about 206 million (2016).

Defense of the country's land borders with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay remains a concern, although protection of economic and environmental resources...

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