Expatriate Guide to Brazil

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Expatriate)Guide)
Manfrela,)Inc.)
Navigating)your)expatriate)assignment)in)Brazil)

J’maar)Aina) Brittinni)CarterKMichael) Vernie)Gonzalo)Dahl) Mohamed)Farah) Sergey)Litvinenko) Tyler)Radcliff) )

1901)Commerce)Street,)Tacoma,)WA))98402)

Manfrela Inc. Corporate Expatriate Guide: Brazil
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Part 1: Introduction................................................................................... 2 Part 2: Moving and Living in Brazil ......................................................... 4 Major Shockers ........................................................................................ 4 Adapting to Life in Brazil .......................................................................... 4 Expatriate Assistance Programs .............................................................. 5 Part 3: Business Environment................................................................. 6 Communication & Relationships .............................................................. 6 Negotiation ............................................................................................... 8 Human Resources and Legalities ............................................................ 9 Conclusion……………………………………………………………….…...11 References…………………………………………………………………….12 !

Manfrela Inc. Corporate Expatriate Guide: Brazil
! Fascinating, vibrant, and bold. These words all attempt to describe the country of Brazil. Fascinating in nature, vibrant in culture, bold in spirit. As an expatriate set to live and work in this amazing country, your success hinges on your ability to understand the country, the culture and people with whom you will interact everyday. Ignorance of cultural facets can lead to unexpected misunderstandings, frustration and worst of all: failure. This guide is your key to success. Read it, study it, refer to it when in doubt. This guide is organized for your convenience. Part I provides a brief overview of Brazil’s political, economic, legal, cultural, trade and monetary environments. Part II provides crucial advice and insight on moving to and living in Brazil and focuses on specific cultural aspects to be aware of, as well as compares them to US cultural values and provides recommendations to deal with the differences. Part III focuses on the business arena and addresses cultural attributes within the topics of communication, behavior, negotiation, and human resources. Like the previous section, Part 3 compares unique Brazilian cultural caveats with cultural tendencies of the US business sphere and provides direct recommendations for you, the expatriate. Part I: Introduction Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world both by area and by population, encompassing 3,287,612 sq mi and 199 million inhabitants. Headquartered in Brasilia, Brazil’s government is classified as a federal republic. Similar to the US, Brazil has 3 branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The president serves as the head of government and state and serves a 4-year term. The legislative branch is comprised of the National Congress, which consists of the Federal Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The Federal Senate contains 81 seats: 3 representatives from each of the 26 states and 3 from the Federal District elected to 8year terms. The Chamber of Deputies is comprised of 513 deputies who are elected by proportional representation to 4-year terms, which will be discussed later (Political Parties in Brazil). The judicial branch consists of, from lowest judicial power to highest: State Courts, 5 Regional Federal Courts, National Justice Council, Superior Court of Justice and the Supreme Federal Court. The law of Brazil is encompassed in the Federal Constitution. There are 27 officially registered political parties, however only 15 are represented in Congress with 4 main dominating parties: Worker’s Party, Brazilian Social Democracy Party, Brazilian Democratic

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