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Friday 22 August 2014

Nuts about Brazil - or is it China?

Published 10/06/2014 | 11:22

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People enjoy the beach in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro - but where is it?

Brazil is baffling for Britons despite the huge South American country's high profile as host of the about-to-start football World Cup.

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More than 30% of Britons could not pick out Brazil on a map, while 54% were unaware than Brazilians speak Portuguese, according to a survey by Hotels.com.

Of the 2,000 people polled, 1% mistook Brazil for China on a map, while the country Brazil was most mistaken for was Argentina.

Geographically-challenged Britons also thought that Brazil was Peru or Uruguay.

On language, as many as 28% reckoned Brazilians spoke Spanish, while 15% assumed that in Brazil the locals, obviously, spoke... Brazilian. In addition, 2% thought they spoke Mexican and 1% plumped for them speaking English.

Kate Hopcraft, of Hotels.com, said: "It's interesting to see so many Brits unable to pinpoint Brazil, which has to be the most talked-about country of the moment.

"There's so much more to Brazil than the 'beautiful game'. It's baffling to find so many are unaware of its location."

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