Is it common for people to believe Rio is the capital of Brazil?

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Miel Purple
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I did a sample of 20 people and 17 thought Rio de Janeiro was the capital...and 3 answered Brasilia..

Why are people so certain it's rio? :lol:
Is it because of Rio World Cup or Rio Olympics?
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I thought Sao Paulo was the capital...
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It is far more popular. If I'm not thinking I will say Rio. If I think, I will forget what it actually is.
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Most people who have never been to Brazil or know someone from there, have most likely only heard of Rio. It's well known for its Christ statue, it's festival and its speedos

I knew Brasilia was the Capital, however if you gave me a blank map of Brazil I would not be able to pin point its location.
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(Original post by marinaim)
It is far more popular. If I'm not thinking I will say Rio. If I think, I will forget what it actually is.
Yeah I do this too, rio used to be capital (decades ago) but it's such a easy and memorable name.
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I used think it was but now I know it's Brasilia
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people who don't know the capital of Brazil is Brasilia are ignorant.

They don't know their left from their right.

morons
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It's like Australia, most people think Sidney is the capital, or in England where most people think London is the capital.
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(Original post by tehforum)
people who don't know the capital of Brazil is Brasilia are ignorant.

They don't know their left from their right.

morons
that escalated quickly...
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(Original post by Tom_green_day)
It's like Australia, most people think Sidney is the capital, or in England where most people think London is the capital.
what?

London is the capital.

And it's spelt Sydney.
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Probably because Rio and Sao Paulo are the largest cities in Brazil. But if you're not a little caralho and have some knowledge of geography, you know Brasilia é a capital do Brasil.
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This happens for the same reason people think Africa is a country.

People are **** at Geography.
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A lot of people haven't heard of other cities in Brazil. Brasilia also is a sort of artificial city created purely to serve as the capital with no logical reason to be where it is. As a result it will probably remain fairly obscure. Washington DC would probably have been overshadowed by New York in the same way if the US weren't a much better known country than Brazil.
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Lol

I thought it was Buenos Ares

/jk

Gotta poster of the world on my bedroom wall with the capitals written underneath

#keepitgangster
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It's mainly because it WAS the capital. And certainly the most memorable Brazilian city. Obviously, it's Brasilia.

On the note of thinking Africa was a country, there was a funny question in GCSE Music:

What country does this music come from? It was a piece of African traditional music, from Burkina Faso.
The mark scheme accepted Africa as an answer!
An ignorance of Geography is everywhere (and even as someone who doesn't do it for GCSE, a basic knowledge - such as the fact that EUROPE IS NOT A COUNTRY - DAMN AMERICANS! - is really important! Even if it's just not looking stupid in front of your mates).
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(Original post by danconway)
It's mainly because it WAS the capital. And certainly the most memorable Brazilian city. Obviously, it's Brasilia.
I don't think this at all, a lot of people think rio is capital for many reasons, statues, memorable name, world events but few (especially students nowadays) probably didn't know rio used to be capital...and it was last capital in the 50s I believe...
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Like Istanbul and Sydney, people assume Rio is the capital because it is the iconic city that defines the country.
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were these people, by any chance, Americans?
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Like Istanbul and Sydney, people assume Rio is the capital because it is the iconic city that defines the country.
True. But that's unfortunate.
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(Original post by Quantex)
Like Istanbul and Sydney, people assume Rio is the capital because it is the iconic city that defines the country.
True but some of the people I asked were absolutely certain it was rio :lol:


(Original post by JPL9457)
were these people, by any chance, Americans?
1 American, rest were British..
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