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Brazil, a vast South American country, stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and massive Iguaçu Falls in the south. Rio de Janeiro, symbolized by its 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado, is famed for its busy Copacabana and Ipanema beaches as well as its enormous, raucous Carnival festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba.
Brazil is something of an all-year round destination with temperatures rarely dip below 20°C (68°F), apart from in the mountains and southern regions. The climate varies from hot and dry in the arid interior to humid and sticky in the tropical rainforests of the Amazon jungle. The highest point in Brazil is Pico da Neblina at 2,994 m (9,823 ft). Brazil is bordered by the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and France (overseas department of France, French Guiana).Much of the climate is tropical, with the south being relatively temperate.
Brazil has the world's seventh largest economy by nominal GDP, and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity. The Brazilian economy is characterized by moderately free markets and an inward-oriented economy.
The Brazilian Federation of Gastroenterology – FBG is a non-profit organization that promotes and represents the overall area of gastroenterology in Brazil. FBG was founded in 1949 to support and develop the scientific knowledge of gastroenterology in Brazil, and it currently represents 22 regional federates throughout the country. Every year, FBG grants a title known as the “Gastroenterology Specialist”. FBG is an affiliate of AIGE –Interamerican Gastroenterology Association, and OMGE – World Gastroenterology Organization. FBG has two scientific publications, GED and the Gastroenterology Archives Magazine (Revista Arquivos de Gastroenterologia), besides other programs that focus on the scientific updating of FBG’s associated entities. FBG hosts the Brazilian Week of the Digestive Track, a biannual event of international magnitude, considered as the major gastroenterology event in Brazil.