Municipalities of Brazil

Municipalities of Brazil

Municipalities of Brazil by state
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The municipalities of Brazil (Portuguese: Municípios do Brasil) are administrative divisions of the Brazilian states. At present date, Brazil has 5,570 municipalities, making the average municipality population 34,361. The average state in Brazil has 214 municipalities. Roraima is the least subdivided state, with 15 municipalities, while Minas Gerais is the most subdivided state, with 853. The Federal District, where the national capital, Brasília, is located, cannot be divided in municipalities (according the Brazilian Constitution, the Federal District absorbs the constitutional and legal powers, attributions and obligations of states and municipalities).

The comarca, can either correspond to an individual municipality or encompass several municipalities.

The seat of the municipal administration is a denominated city, with no consideration from the law about the population, area or facilities. The city has the same name of the municipality. Municipalities can be subdivided, only for administrative purposes, in districts (normally, new municipalities are formed from these districts). Other populated sites are villages, but with no legal effects or regulation.

Municipalities can be split or merged to form new municipalities within the borders of the state, if the population of the involved municipalities express a desire to do so in a plebiscite.[1] However, these must abide by the Federal Constitution, and forming exclaves or seceding from the state or union is expressly forbidden.[1]











See also


  1. ^ a b c "Brazilian Federal Constitution" (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Republic. 1988. Retrieved 2008-06-03. "Brazilian Federal Constitution". 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-03. Unofficial translation 

External links

  • World GazetteerMap on the
  • (Portuguese) Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics