By Amelia Meyer
As one of Brazil’s southern states, Paraná is bordered by São Paulo, the Atlantic Ocean, Santa Catarina, Argentina, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraguay and the Paraná River. It is the ninth largest state in terms of the area it covers, which totals at 199 314.9 square kilometres or 76 955.9 square miles. Significantly, Paraná is home to the araucaria forest, which is one of the world’s most valuable subtropical forests. In addition, it is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Park of Iguaçu. Its capital city is Curitiba, renowned for its excellent quality of life and its undeniable vibe. The entire state has a population of well over 10 million people.