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Distrito Federal

Brazilian Distrito Federal

State Capital City: Brasilia

State Abbreviation: DF

Distrito Federal is The Federal District (Portuguese: Distrito Federal ).  In its territory is located the federal capital, Brasília. #27 on map.

Was founded on April 21, 1960. Located in a region called Planalto Central, or Central Plateau, the Federal District is divided in 30 administrative regions. Brasilia - The seat of the three branches of the Federal Government of Brazil (Legislative, Executive and Judiciary) - is the main attraction of this dry area, whose climate has only two seasons. During the dry season (winter), the humidity can reach critical levels, mainly in the peak hours of the hottest days.

The civil government was transferred from Rio de Janeiro's Catete Palace to Brasília on April 21, 1960.

The capital is a thoroughly planned city with designated areas for residence, businesses, schools, churches, etc.  No streets have names, but are identified instead by letters and numbers arranged in a geographical system according to blocs (Q-Quadras) and sectors (S-Setor e.g.: SB - Setor Bancario or "Bank Section").  Originally built for up to one million inhabitants, the city now has more than twice that number.

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Official state website: www.df.gov.br (Portuguese)

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