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Rio de Janeiro (state)
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Rio de Janeiro (state)

Capital:Rio de Janeiro
Inhabitants:12,807,706 (?)
Pop. density:366.6 inh./km²
Timezone:GMT -3
ISO 3166-2:BR-RJ
Governor:Rosângela Matheus

Rio de Janeiro is one of the 26 states of Brazil (plus the Federal District). It has an area of 43,653km² and is situated on the southeastern coast. Its capital is the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was the colony's capital as of 1764 (the first being Salvador da Bahia), and the nation's capital from 1822 to 1960. In the year 2000, the population was 12,807,706.

Governor: Rosângela Matheus (since January 1, 2003).

Lieutenant Governor: Luiz Paulo Conde (former mayor of Rio de Janeiro).


Here the flag can be seen with the eagle, symbol of Brazil's royal family and God's Finger Rock in the back, which is visible from Rio de Janeiro in a clear day.


This Brazilian state is in the east of the southeastern subdivision of Brazil, which also contains the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. It has as its limits: The Atlantic Ocean (E), the state of Espírito Santo (N), the state of Minas Gerais (N) and (W), and the state of São Paulo (S).


Other cities include:
States of Brazil
Acre | Alagoas | Amapá | Amazonas | Bahia | Ceará | Federal District | Espírito Santo | Goiás | Maranhão | Mato Grosso | Mato Grosso do Sul | Minas Gerais | Pará | Paraíba | Paraná | Pernambuco | Piauí | Rio de Janeiro | Rio Grande do Norte | Rio Grande do Sul | Rondônia | Roraima | Santa Catarina | São Paulo | Sergipe | Tocantins