Brazil­ians in the Low­lands

Brazil has been in the spot­light for the last ten years be­cause of its emerg­ing econ­omy and has been es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a safe and promis­ing place for in­vest­ments. How­ever, it has never re­ally been men­tioned by the me­dia be­fore - that is un­til this ye


The coun­try of soc­cer

This is just one of the many ti­tles of this won­der­ful coun­try. Defin­ing Brazil, what it means to be Brazil­ian and be­ing a Brazil­ian cit­i­zen (es­pe­cially as an im­mi­grant) is a very dif­fi­cult task. Brazil is huge and many oth­ers such as the Indige­nous, Por­tuguese, African, Ger­man, Ital­ian and Dutch pop­u­la­tions in­flu­enced its cul­ture. Ev­ery re­gion of Brazil has its own pe­cu­liar­i­ties – but that does not stop the coun­try from main­tain­ing its unity and Brazil­ians in gen­eral are very proud of their di­ver­sity. When talk­ing about be­ing a Brazil­ian, it is manda­tory to men­tion the indige­nous pop­u­la­tions that were in Brazil be­fore the coloni­sa­tion by the Por­tuguese in 1500. In­flu­ences re­main in the Brazil­ian hap­pi­ness, re­silience, food and Por­tuguese lan­guage spo­ken by the na­tion­als. An ex­am­ple of this can be found in the lan­guage, take the word Ipanema – known for its as­so­ci­a­tion with the ex­pen­sive tourist des­ti­na­tion and fa­mous beach in Brazil, it is a syn­onym of el­e­gance, but iron­i­cally it trans­lates to “stinky lake” in the indige­nous lan­guage Tupi.

Facts about Brazil­ians liv­ing in the Nether­lands:

The Brazil­ian Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs es­ti­mates that there are more than 27,000 Brazil­ians liv­ing in the

Nether­lands. It is the big­gest South-Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try and the main rea­sons for the mi­gra­tion are work, study and mul­ti­cul­tural re­la­tion­ships. Al­though many Brazil­ians live in the Nether­lands, few adapt well to the Dutch cul­ture. As the say­ing goes: “Brazil­ians can come out of Brazil, but Brazil has never come out of a Brazil­ian.” Some of the big­gest chal­lenges of the Brazil­ian com­mu­nity in the Nether­lands are: Lack of the Sun: They miss the sun a lot! There is not a Brazil­ian who doesn’t dream (at least once) about walk­ing on the street wear­ing Hava­ianas (Brazil­ian Flip-flops) and shorts. Lan­guage: Brazil­ians are not into lan­guages. Dutch is a lan­guage from an­other planet for them. Food: Lunch (a warm meal) is es­pe­cially im­por­tant. If you hang out with Brazil­ians, you will prob­a­bly hear about Caipir­inha, Fei­joada, Pão-de-Queijo, Cox­inha, Guaraná and Pi­canha. They are con­stantly look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to eat Brazil­ian food.

Sched­ule: They are spon­ta­neous and re­laxed. They don’t nor­mally use agen­das and con­stantly ar­rive late. Don’t take their is­sues with punctuality as a sign of dis­re­spect and be pre­pared for last minute ap­point­ments if you want to have Brazil­ian friends. Noise reg­u­la­tions: They love to party and they love (loud) mu­sic, they can’t live with­out it. For­mal­ity: They are friendly, so­cial and in­for­mal. Brazil­ians com­monly use the first name when ad­dress­ing people, if they don’t give you a nick­name. When they speak to oth­ers, they like to be close to them and have a lot of phys­i­cal con­tact such as touch­ing arms and el­bows dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions. Ges­tures: The “OK” hand sig­nal is a rude ges­ture; they nor­mally make use of the thumbs up! They love us­ing it to­gether with the sen­tences: Tudo bem! (All right!) Tudo de bom! (All the best!). When in the Nether­lands, do as the Brazil­ians do: Eat and drink as a Brazil­ian: www.face­­roomi­pane­maden­haag

“Brazil­ians can come out of Brazil, but Brazil has never come out of a Brazil­ian”.

Speak as a Brazil­ian: www.taal­ Dance as a Brazil­ian: www.ju­ Play capoeira as a Brazil­ian: www.capoeiraden­ Get in­formed about Brazil­ians: www.face­­don­a­holanda www.sam­bad­e­quin­ At­tend Brazil­ian Con­certs and Events: www.taal­ Go to a den­tist as a Brazil­ian: Go to a hair­dresser, man­i­curist, and have a Brazil­ian wax as a Brazil­ian: www.anu­bi­as­tu­ And of course: cheer for Brazil in the next World Cup!

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