Mato Grosso do Sul

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State of Mato Grosso do Sul
State

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Location of State of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil
Coordinates: 20°26′34″S 54°38′45″W / 20.44278°S 54.64583°W / -20.44278; -54.64583Coordinates: 20°26′34″S 54°38′45″W / 20.44278°S 54.64583°W / -20.44278; -54.64583
Country  Brazil
Capital and Largest City Campo Grande
Government
 • Governor André Puccinelli
 • Vice Governor Simone Tebet
Area
 • Total 357,124.962 km2 (137,886.719 sq mi)
Area rank 6th
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 2,505,088
 • Rank 21st
 • Density 7.0145979/km2 (18.167725/sq mi)
 • Density rank 20th
Demonym Sul-mato-grossense or Mato-grossense-do-sul
GDP
 • Year 2010 estimate
 • Total R$ 38.484,74 (17th)
 • Per capita R$ 10,599 (11th)
HDI
 • Year 2005
 • Category 0.810 – high (8th)
Time zone BRT-1 (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) BRST-1 (UTC-3)
Postal Code 79000-000 to 79990-000
ISO 3166 code BR-MS

Mato Grosso do Sul is one of the states of Brazil. It shares borders with the states of Mato Grosso, Goiás, Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná. It also borders the countries of Paraguay and Bolivia to the west. Campo Grande is the capital of the state

Mato Grosso do Sul means "Southern Thick Forest". The name comes from its northern neighbour state of Mato Grosso. Mato Grosso do Sul was a part of Mato Grosso until they were split in the 1970s. Many people wrongly refer to Mato Grosso do Sul as simply "Mato Grosso". This has caused the government to consider changing its name to "Pantanal", the world's largest wetlands which is in the state.

Economy[change | change source]

Mato Grosso do Sul's economy is based mainly on farm products. Cattle-raising is the most important product of the state. Other products include sugarcane, wheat, soybeans, manioc, rice and cotton.

Geography[change | change source]

The state is located in western Brazil, in an area of the country that is mostly marshes of the Pantanal.[2]

Mato Grosso do Sul is divided into 11 regions. It has 78 municipalities. Larger cities include:

The highest elevation is the 1,065 m high Morro Grande.

History[change | change source]

In 1977 the state was created by dividing the state of Mato Grosso. It officially became a state two years later on January 1, 1979.

Flag[change | change source]

Mato Grosso do Sul's flag was made by Mauro Michael Munhoz. White is for hope, green is for the state's plantlife, blue is for the sky and the yellow star adds balance, force and serenity.

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