|Portuguese / Brazilian Language Miscellaneous Facts
Portuguese is spoken as a native language by about 230.6 million people in countries such as Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal and 28 other countries as well. In fact, the Portuguese language is considered to be the sixth most popular first language in the world. In the United States alone, there are over 600,000 native Portuguese speaking individuals. As for the Internet, there are over 34 million Portuguese speaking Internet users around the world (an estimated 3.1% of all worldwide internet users).
The two most powerful Portuguese speaking countries are Brazil and Portugal. They are both highly involved on an international scale and present in many global business affairs and organizations. Active in the European community and economy, Portugal remains one of the key players in the European Union. Brazil, on the other hand, is the largest country in South America and holds a population bigger than all of the South American countries combined. Brazil is also rich in natural resources and is growing daily in economic power. Due to the presence of the Portuguese speaking population around the world, the Portuguese language should always be considered when tapping into the international markets.