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Sao Paulo (in Portuguese São Paulo) is a state in southeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic coast. Its capital city has the same name. Sao Paulo is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Brazilian economy.

Geography: Sao Paulo State has approximately 248,800 sq. km. Population: approximately 38 million. Economy: Sao Paulo state is responsible for approximately one-third of Brazilian GNP.

Other cities in the state of Sao Paulo include: Araraquara[?], Campinas, Riberao Preto[?], Santos, Sao Carlos, Sao Jose dos Campos[?], Sao Jose do Rio Preto[?], Barretos.

City of São Paulo

The city of São Paulo is the most important Brazilian business centre and the biggest city in both that country and in the Southern Hemisphere. About 15 million people live in the metropolitan region, Greater Sao Paulo (Grande São Paulo).

The Sao Paulo metropolitan area is currently ranked as the second-largest in the world, see Largest cities of the world.

The sheer greatness of the city of Sao Paulo makes for some impressive views. Here are some links to pictures found on the Internet:

Unlike the well-known Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo is not generally considered a tourist spot. Its attractions are often hidden under chaotic urban scenery.

The city has a multicultural metropolitan area, which some have compared to New York, with Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabian and Portuguese influences. São Paulo city is known for its outstanding gastronomy, which range from Chinese to French, from fast food chains to five star restaurants.

São Paulo City is home to the biggest university in Latin America (Universidade de São Paulo[?]), and to the modern art museum, MASP. The world's biggest private sports stadium, Morumbi Stadium[?] is located in the city.

São Paulo city is considered some to be ahead of other cities in Brazil because music concerts, plays, fashion shows, international sports events, business conventions occur there first.

São Paulo's nightlife is popular, and includes thousands of bars, pubs, lounges and discos, catering for a variety of music tastes. Venues are often open all night.

Like many big cities in developing countries, São Paulo city has a poverty belt around it, and therefore crime rates are high.

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