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Credit cards around the world: Brazil


Our ongoing series heads to Brazil for a look at credit card use and credit card statistics in the soccer-mad home of Carnaval and supermodels.

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Our ongoing series heads to Brazil for a look at credit card use and credit card statistics in the soccer-mad home of Carnaval and supermodels.



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Credit card circulation
In 2011, there were 207.4 million credit cards in circulation in Brazil, compared to 124 million in 2008. Additionally, there were 268.8 million debit cards and 49.5 million pre-paid cards in circulation in Brazil in 2011. (Euromonitor International)

Average Card spending
“Cards and crime”: In the first half of 2011, Brazil was among the top 10 countries hosting phishing sites for four of the six months. Additionally, they were No. 7 in the list of countries most infected by malware.  (Anti-Phishing Working Group)

Eager to pull out the cards
According to ABECS, purchases made using plastic in Brazil during the first quarter of 2008 hit US$50 billion. That marks a 25 percent increase in comparison with the same period of last year. In total, 1.3 billion transactions occurred, an increase of 21 percent over the first three months of 2007.

Cards and crime

A haven for cybercriminals
A BBC report indicates that Brazil produces more cybercriminals that any other nation in the world — by a substantial margin. According to the BBC, “This is because for many years, the Brazilians operated a protectionist economic system, and therefore developed its own highly skilled IT workforce.” Also, 30 million Brazilians are regular Internet users and “three-fourths of them do the bulk of their financial transactions online.”

Local voices

Official tourism site

Financial news sites
Brazzil Magazine
Gazeta Mercantil
Brazilian financial blogs
Expat American Living In Brazil

Country info

President: Luiz In\xe1cio Lula da Silva

Location: Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean (map)

Population: 196 million (July 2008)

Area: 3.2 million sq mi or 8.5 million sq km (world’s 5th largest)

GDP: US$1.836 trillion (2007 estimate) (2007 estimate)

Key exports: transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos

Famous Brazilians: Soccer star Pel\xe9 car racer H\xe9lio Castroneves, supermodel Gisele B\xfcndchen, musician Sergio Mendes

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