Rio de Janeiro is one of the states of Brazil, #18 on map.
Rio de Janeiro has the second largest economy of Brazil behind only São Paulostate. Rio de Janeiro share borders with: MinasGerais (N and NW), Espírito Santo (NE) and São Paulo (SW). It is bounded on the east andsouth by the Atlantic Ocean.
Rio de Janeiro has an area of 43,653 km². Its capital is the city ofRio de Janeiro, which was the capital of the Portuguese Colony of Brazil from1763 to 1815, capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarvesfrom 1815 to 1822, and capital of independent Brazil from 1822 to 1960.
The state's largest cities are Rio de Janeiro, São Gonçalo, Duque de Caxias,Nova Iguaçu, Belford Roxo, Niterói, São João de Meriti, Campos dos Goytacazes,Petrópolis, Volta Redonda, Magé, Itaboraí, Macaé, Mesquita, Cabo Frio, NovaFriburgo, Barra Mansa and Angra dos Reis.
It has the third most populous Brazilian state with a population of 16million of people in 2011.
Rio de Janeiro , Campos dosGoitacazes, São João de Meriti, Belford Roxo, Niterói, Duque de Caxias, NovaIguaçu, São Gonçalo, Petrópolis, Volta Redonda, Magé, Itaboraí
Official state website: www.governo.rj.gov.br (Portuguese)