São Paulo - State
Portuguese empire. This was only a temporary situation, but proved invaluable to the economic rise of São Paulo. The various ports throughout the country were opened to ships other than those owned by the Portuguese and manufacturing restrictions were lifted. In 1822, Brazil gained independence, and had to overcome its political and economic struggles alone. São Paulo has continued to be a formidable force in the country’s rise to and coveted position within the global arena.
Paradise beach in Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo enjoys a tropical to subtropical climate, depending on the altitude. It is generally warm and mild all year round, with some areas experiencing chilly night-time lows. The three most significant cities in São Paulo (in terms of population and development) are São Paulo, Guarulhos and Campinas.
The service segment of the economy is São Paulo’s most significant in terms of contribution to GDP. It is followed by industry and agriculture. São Paulo’s main exports are vehicles, aeroplanes, helicopters and sugar.
One of the characteristics of this state is the unequal distribution of wealth. There are various centres that are very rich (such as Campinas, Paulínia, Indaiatuba, São José dos Campos and Santos), while very poor areas lie slightly further afield.
Tourism is a very important part of the economy of São Paulo as well as of the preservation of its heritage resources. It is acclaimed for its beaches, which stretch for miles, inviting sun-worshippers from all over the world to indulge themselves in the glorious sunshine. Other popular attractions include:
• The capital city, São Paulo, which alone hosts approximately 45 000 different events every year.
Here is the São Paulo - State government web site: http://www.saopaulo.sp.gov.br/