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|subdivision_type = Country|subdivision_name = BrazilRegions of Brazil>RegionStates of Brazil>StateNortheast Region, Brazil>Northeastborder|22px) Pernambuco|established_title = Founded|established_date = March 12, 1537Municipal corporation>Incorporated (as village)|established_date2 = 1709|established_title3 = Incorporated (as city)|established_date3 = 1823List of mayors of Recife>MayorGeraldo Júlio) (Brazilian Socialist Party>PSB)|leader_title1 = |leader_name1 =|area_magnitude = 1 E8|area_total_km2 = 218|area_total_sq_mi = 84.17|area_land_km2 =|area_land_sq_mi =|area_water_km2 =|area_water_sq_mi =|area_water_percent =|area_urban_km2 =|area_urban_sq_mi =|area_metro_km2 = 2,768|area_metro_sq_mi = 1,068.7|elevation_m = 10|elevation_ft = 33List of largest cities in Brazil>9th)|population_as_of = 2012|population_density_km2 = 7133.2|population_density_sq_mi = 18537.9|population_urban =List of largest cities in Brazil>6th)|population_density_metro_km2 = 1,352.5|population_density_metro_sq_mi = 3,527| blank_name_sec2 = GDPPUBLISHER=IBGEARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20161221112453/HTTP://CIDADES.IBGE.GOV.BR/V3/CIDADES/MUNICIPIO/2611606URL-STATUS=LIVE, | blank1_name_sec2 = GDP per capita| blank1_info_sec2 = BR$31 513.07|population_demonym = Recifense|population_note =|postal_code_type = Postal Code|postal_code = 50000-000|area_code = +55 81weblink}} {{Pt icon}}|leader_title2 =|leader_name2 =|leader_title3 =|leader_name3 =|timezone = UTC-3|utc_offset = -3|timezone_DST =|utc_offset_DST =|blank_name =|blank_info =}}Recife ({{IPA-pt|ʁeˈsifi|br|Br-Recife.ogg}})The European Portuguese pronunciation is {{IPA-pt|ʁɨˈsifɨ|}}. is the fourth-largest urban agglomeration in Brazil with 4,054,866 inhabitants, the largest urban agglomeration of the North/Northeast Regions, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast corner of South America. The population of the city proper was 1,625,583 in 2016.WEB,weblink Mais da metade da população vive em 294 arranjos formados por contiguidade urbana e por deslocamentos para trabalho e estudo, portuguese, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, March 16, 2017,weblink" title="">weblink March 28, 2015, live, WEB,weblink Arranjos Populacionais e Concentrações Urbanas do Brasil, 148, portuguese, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, March 16, 2017, WEB,weblink Estimativas da população residente no Brasil e Unidades da Federação com data de referência em 1º de julho de 2016, portuguese, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, March 16, 2017,weblink August 30, 2016, live, The first slave port in the Americas, Recife was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, known for its large scale production of sugar cane.WEB,weblink Entrevista com Laurentino Gomes: um mergulho na origem da exclusão social, Portuguese, Folha de Pernambuco, 19 April 2019,weblink" title="">weblink February 28, 2019, dead, It was the former capital Mauritsstad of the 17th century colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, established by the Dutch West India Company. The city is located at the confluence of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers before they flow into the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city centre characterise its geography and led to the city being called the "Brazilian Venice". {{As of|2010}}, it is the capital city with the highest HDI in Northeast Brazil and second highest HDI in the entire North and Northeast Brazil (second only to Palmas).WEB,weblink Archived copy, November 27, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink December 5, 2014, live, The Metropolitan Region of Recife is the main industrial zone of the State of Pernambuco; major products are those derived from cane (sugar and ethanol), motor vehicles, ships, oil platforms, electronics, software, and others. With fiscal incentives by the government, many industrial companies were started in the 1970s and 1980s. Recife has a tradition of being the most important commercial hub of the North/Northeastern region of Brazil, with more than 52,500 business enterprises in Recife plus 32,500 in the Metro Area, totaling more than 85,000.WEB,weblink Recife Municipal Profile, October 5, 2019,weblink" title="">weblink November 21, 2008, live, A combination of a large supply of labor and significant private investments turned Recife into Brazil's second largest medical hub (second only to São Paulo);WEB,weblink Recife Medical Pool, December 26, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink March 3, 2016, dead, mdy-all, modern hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment receive patients from several neighbouring States.Pernambuco A-Z {{webarchive|url= |date=September 27, 2007 }}WEB,weblink Pernambuco Daily, September 9, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 15, 2011, dead, mdy-all, Recife stands out as a major tourist attraction of the Northeast, both for its beaches and for its historic sites, dating back to both the Portuguese and the Dutch colonization of the region. The beach of Porto de Galinhas, {{convert|60|km|mi|sp=us}} south of the city, has been repeatedly awarded the title of best beach in Brazil and has drawn many tourists. The Historic Centre of Olinda, {{convert|7|km|mi|sp=us}} north of the city, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, and both cities' Brazilian Carnival are among the world's most famous.The city is an education hub, and home to the Federal University of Pernambuco, the largest university in Pernambuco. Several Brazilian historical figures, such as the poet and abolitionist Castro Alves, moved to Recife for their studies. Recife and Natal are the only Brazilian cities with direct flights to the islands of Fernando de Noronha, a World Heritage Site.WEB,weblink Unesco – Fernando de Noronha Islands, June 12, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink June 7, 2009, live, The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Recife hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1950 FIFA World Cup. The city, despite having a higher crime rate than the southern region of Brazil, is considered the safest state capital in northeastern region. It has a much lower crime than other regional capitals, such as Salvador or São Luís, yet despite that crime rose 440% in 2015.WEB,weblink Archived copy, March 14, 2017,weblink" title="">weblink March 15, 2017, live,


{{see also|Timeline of Recife|History of Pernambuco}}
Portuguese Empire 1537–1630File:Flag of New Holland.svg
22px Dutch West India Company 1630–1654{{flagicon1640}} Portuguese Empire 1654–1815(File:Flag of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil, and the Algarves.svg22px) United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves 1815–1822(File:Flag of Empire of Brazil (1870-1889).svg>borderEmpire of Brazil 1822–1889{{flagicon>BRA}} Republic of Brazil 1889–present}}Recife began as a collection of fishing shacks, inns and warehouses on the delta between the Capibaribe and Beberibe Rivers in the captaincy of Pernambuco, sometime between 1535 and 1537 in the earliest days of Portuguese colonisation of Terra de Santa Cruz, later called Brazil, on the northeast coast of South America. It was a settlement of colonial fishermen and way station for Portuguese sailors and passing ships. {{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Olinda e Recife.jpg| width1 = 220| alt1 = | caption1 = Olinda with Recife in the background. Olinda was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.| image2 = Ground Zero - Recife - Pernambuco - Brazil.jpg| width2 = 220| alt2 = John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen>John Maurice of Nassau government.| footer = }}The first documented reference to the settlement with its "arrecife dos navios" (reef of the ships) was in the royal Charter Act of March 12, 1537, establishing Olinda, {{convert|6|km|abbr=off}} to the north, as a village, with its port where the Beberibe River meets the sea. Olinda (and Igarassu before it) had been settled in 1536 by Captain General Duarte Coelho, a Portuguese nobleman, proprietor and administrator of the captaincy of Pernambuco.BOOK, Marley, D., Historic Cities of the Americas: North America and South America, 2, 2005, ABC-CLIO, 978-1576070277, 683, The city is named for the long reef recife running parallel to the shoreline which encloses its harbour. The reef is not as sometimes stated, a coral reef, but a consolidated ancient beach, now as firm and hard as stone.JOURNAL, Banner, J.C., The Stone Reefs of Brazil, their Geological and Geographical Relations, Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1904, XLIV, Harvard College, Cambridge, In 1541, Coelho returned from the Kingdom of Portugal with the machinery for an engenho (sugar mill), and with it, his brother-in-law established the first mill named Nossa Senhora da Ajuda (Our Lady of Help), in the floodplain of the Beberibe River at Recife. At that time the banks of the Capibaribe River were covered by sugar cane.Recife was capital of the 17th century New Holland (Dutch Brazil) established by the Dutch West India Company and was called Mauritsstad.The Mascate War of 1710–1711 pitted merchants of Recife against those of nearby Olinda.{{wide image|Frederick Hagedorn - Panorama do recife - 1855.jpg|1800px|Panorama of Recife in 1855 by Friedrich Hagedorn.}}


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Recife - vista aérea.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Open skies in Recife. The city has one of the greatest rainfall averages in Brazil.| image2 = Ponte estaiada da Via Mangue - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = The Pina Basin.| footer = }}Due to the city's proximity to the equator, Recife's weather is generally warm. It has a number of islands, rivers, waterways and bridges that crisscross the city and has often been called "The Venice of Brazil". The city is located amidst tropical forests which are distinguished by high rainfall levels, resulting in poor soil quality as the heavy dense rainfall washes away the nutrients. There is an absence of extreme temperatures and the area enjoys a cool breeze due to the trade winds from the South Atlantic Ocean to the east.WEB,weblink Weather of Recife, November 2, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink September 15, 2008, dead,


Recife has a tropical climate, more specifically a tropical monsoon climate (Am in Köppen climate classification), with warm to hot temperatures and high relative humidity throughout the year. However, these conditions are relieved by pleasant westwardly trade winds blowing in from the ocean.WEB,weblink GDN 2012, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink April 26, 2012, live, January and February are the warmest months, with mean temperatures ranging from {{convert|30|C|F}} to {{convert|22|C|F}}, with sun. July is the cloudiest month and experiences the coolest temperatures, with mean temperatures ranging from {{convert|27|C|F}} to {{convert|21|C|F}}. It is also the wettest month, receiving an average of {{convert|388|mm|in|1|abbr=on}} of rain. Recife features a short dry season covering the months of November and December. The driest and sunniest month is November, when maximum temperatures hover around {{convert|30|°C|0}} and an average of {{convert|36|mm|in|1|abbr=on}} of rain is recorded.. {{Weather Box|location = Recife (1961–1990)|metric first = yes|single line = yes
|Jan high C = 30.2 |Jan record high C = 33.1
|Feb high C = 30.2 |Feb record high C = 32.7
|Mar high C = 30 |Mar record high C = 35.1
|Apr high C = 29.7 |Apr record high C = 33.3
|May high C = 28.9 |May record high C = 31.8
|Jun high C = 27.9 |Jun record high C = 30.9
|Jul high C = 27.3 |Jul record high C = 33
|Aug high C = 27.5 |Aug record high C = 35.7
|Sep high C = 28.1 |Sep record high C = 32.7
|Oct high C = 29 |Oct record high C = 33.1
|Nov high C = 30.1 |Nov record high C = 32.4
|Dec high C = 30.2 |Dec record high C = 34.5
|year high C = 29.1 |year record high C = 35.7

|Jan mean C = 26.5
|Feb mean C = 26.5
|Mar mean C = 26.4
|Apr mean C = 25.9
|May mean C = 25.2
|Jun mean C = 24.5
|Jul mean C = 23.9
|Aug mean C = 23.9
|Sep mean C = 24.6
|Oct mean C = 25.5
|Nov mean C = 26.1
|Dec mean C = 26.4
|year mean C = 25.5

|Jan low C = 22.4 |Jan record low C = 16.8
|Feb low C = 22.6 |Feb record low C = 17.8
|Mar low C = 22.7 |Mar record low C = 17.9
|Apr low C = 22.6 |Apr record low C = 19.2
|May low C = 21.9 |May record low C = 16.9
|Jun low C = 21.6 |Jun record low C = 17.1
|Jul low C = 21.1 |Jul record low C = 16
|Aug low C = 20.6 |Aug record low C = 15.3
|Sep low C = 20.7 |Sep record low C = 15
|Oct low C = 21.4 |Oct record low C = 16
|Nov low C = 21.9 |Nov record low C = 16.7
|Dec low C = 22.2 |Dec record low C = 16.4
|year low C = 21.8 |year record low C = 15

|rain colour = green
|Jan rain mm = 108.2
|Feb rain mm = 148.2
|Mar rain mm = 256.9
|Apr rain mm = 337.6
|May rain mm = 318.5
|Jun rain mm = 377.9
|Jul rain mm = 388.1
|Aug rain mm = 204.8
|Sep rain mm = 122
|Oct rain mm = 63
|Nov rain mm = 35.7
|Dec rain mm = 56.8
|year rain mm = 2417.6

|unit rain days= 1 mm
|Jan rain days = 10
|Feb rain days = 11
|Mar rain days = 16
|Apr rain days = 18
|May rain days = 20
|Jun rain days = 21
|Jul rain days = 22
|Aug rain days = 17
|Sep rain days = 13
|Oct rain days = 9
|Nov rain days = 6
|Dec rain days = 8
|year rain days = 171

|Jan humidity = 73
|Feb humidity = 77
|Mar humidity = 80
|Apr humidity = 84
|May humidity = 85
|Jun humidity = 85
|Jul humidity = 85
|Aug humidity = 85
|Sep humidity = 78
|Oct humidity = 76
|Nov humidity = 74
|Dec humidity = 75
|year humidity = 79.8

|Jan sun = 246.3
|Feb sun = 210.8
|Mar sun = 203.9
|Apr sun = 185.2
|May sun = 186.3
|Jun sun = 168.3
|Jul sun = 157.6
|Aug sun = 207.1
|Sep sun = 216.6
|Oct sun = 247.3
|Nov sun = 265.8
|Dec sun = 255.2
|year sun = 2550.7

|source 1 = Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (INMET).WEB,weblink Temperatura Média Compensada (°C), 1961–1990, Portuguese, Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Temperatura-Media-Compensada_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Temperatura Máxima (°C), 1961–1990, Portuguese, Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Temperatura-Maxima_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Temperatura Mínima (°C), 1961–1990, Portuguese, Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Temperatura-Minima_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Precipitação Acumulada Mensal e Anual (mm), 1961–1990, Portuguese, Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Precipitacao-Acumulada_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Número de Dias com Precipitação Mayor ou Igual a 1 mm (dias), Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink August 27, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Insolação Total (horas), Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Insolacao-Total_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Umidade Relativa do Ar Média Compensada (%), Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology, August 1, 2014,weblink" title="">weblinknormaisimagennormaisplanilhas/Umidade-Relativa-Mensal-Media-Compensada_NCB_1961-1990.xls, August 8, 2014, dead, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Temperatura Máxima Absoluta (ºC), Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet), August 1, 2014, mdy-all, {{dead link|date=January 2018|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}WEB,weblink Temperatura Mínima Absoluta (ºC), Brazilian National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet), August 1, 2014, mdy-all, {{dead link|date=January 2018|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Via Mangue em construção - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Mangrove Park, the largest urban mangrove forest in America, located in the South Zone.| image2 = Foz dos rios Capibaribe, Beberibe, Jordão, Pina e Tejipió - Recife.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = Capibaribe River>Capibaribe, Beberibe, Tejipió, Jordão and Pina.| footer = }}Recife has a tropical forest. Rainforests are characterised by high rainfall, with definitions setting minimum normal annual rainfall between {{convert|2000|mm|in}} and {{convert|1700|mm|in}}. The soil can be poor because high rainfall tends to leach out soluble nutrients. There are several common characteristics of tropical rainforest trees.


The city of Recife is formed by three islands (Recife, Santo Antônio, and Boa Vista).Islands of Recife{{dead link|date=April 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} Between the islands are the rivers Beberibe and Capibaribe.Rivers of the city {{webarchive|url= |date=March 30, 2009 }} Other rivers are the Jiquiá, Tejipió, Jordão and Pina.BeachesBoa Viagem, Pina and Brasília TeimosaLakesAraçáLarge water supplier (Dams)Prata do Meio and Apipucos reservoirs


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| image1 = Tribunal de Justiça de Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil(2).jpg
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| image2 = Palácio do Campo das Princesas - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil(2).jpg
| caption2 = Palace of the Princesses' Field

| image3 = Recife-CapelaDourada1.jpg
| caption3 = Golden Chapel


{{See also|Largest Cities of Northeast Region, Brazil|Demographics of Brazil}}The Recife metropolitan area is the 5th most populous of Brazil, after São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, and the first in the Northeast region. The most populous neighborhoods of Recife in 2008 were Boa Viagem (100,388), Casa Amarela (69,134), and Várzea (64,512).Recife City Hall – Demographics {{webarchive|url= |date=March 13, 2009 }}According to the 2010 IBGE Census, there were 1,472,202 people residing in the city of Recife.2010 IGBE Census {{webarchive|url= |date=May 14, 2012 }} {{pt icon}} The census revealed the following numbers: 754,674 Pardo (Multiracial (mulatto)) people (49.1%), 636,864 White (Caucasian) people (41.4%), 127,789 Black / African-Brazilian (Negro) people (8.3%), 14,696 Asian people (1%), 3,665 Amerindian (indigenous / aboriginal) people (0.2%).2010 IGBE Census {{Webarchive|url= |date=May 14, 2012 }} {{pt icon}}In 2010, the center city of Recife was the 9th most populous city in Brazil.WEB,weblink The largest Brazilian cities – 2010 IBGE Census (in Portuguese), December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink January 6, 2012, live, In 2010, the city had 268,160 opposite-sex couples and 1,004 same-sex couples. The gender proportion of the population of Recife was 53.8% female and 46.2% male.


The Patroness Saint of Recifweblink{{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} is Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Nossa Senhora do Carmo), dating back one hundred and eight years ago (1909). Every July 16th, her day, she is remembered by the Roman Catholics in Recife, in her church.{|class="wikitable"! style="background:#87CEFA; color:white" |Religion! style="background:#87CEFA; color:white" |Percentage (%)! style="background:#87CEFA; color:white" |Number align="center" align="center"Roman Catholic Church>Catholic Church 54.32 835.337 align="center"Protestantism in Brazil>Protestant 24.99 384.303 align="center"Irreligion>No religion 14.59 224.401 align="center"Spiritist >|54.788 align="center"Christianity>Christian religiosities 1.59 24.474 align="center"Umbanda, Candomblé and other Afro-Brazilian religions>Afro-religions 0.48 7.434 align="center"Judaism >|1.286 align="center"Buddhism >|641 align="center"Indigenous peoples in Brazil>Indigenous traditions 0.01 251 align="center"Islam >|69 align="center"Hinduism >|38Source: IBGE 2010.WEB,weblink Sistema IBGE de Recuperação Automática – SIDRA, September 8, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink September 24, 2015, live,


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Estaleiro Atlântico Sul - Ipojuca, Pernambuco.jpg| width1 = 242| alt1 = | caption1 = Atlântico Sul Shipyard| image2 = Polo Automotivo Jeep (FCA) - Goiana, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width2 = 258| alt2 = | caption2 = Jeep Assembly Plant (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)| footer = }}According to 2013 IBGE statistics, the GDP was at R$46,445,339,000. And the GDP per capita was at R$29,037.Recife – produto interno bruto dos municípios – 2013 {{Webarchive|url= |date=March 3, 2016 }} {{pt icon}}Recife is one of Brazil's prime business centers, largely because it has one international airport and two international seaports. One is located in the town itself, and the other, the port of Suape, is located about {{convert|40|km|mi}} away. Just south of Recife is the region's main industrial area, where the following industries can be found: shipbuilding, automotive, petroleum refining, petrochemical, electronics, tube manufacturing, brewing and canning, chocolate manufacturing, textiles, etc.WEB,weblink Economy of Recife, July 14, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink June 28, 2008, live, Recife has shared in the prosperity of Northeastern Brazil that resulted from development promoted after 1960 by Sudene (Superintendência para o Desenvolvimento do Nordeste), a federal agency / organization. Although its retail and wholesale trade have grown in response to the region's increases in population and wealth, the market area and the walkways of the city's bridges are crowded with informal traders selling small items.WEB,weblink Archived copy, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink January 12, 2012, dead, mdy-all,

Information technology industry

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Antonio Vaz island - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Digital Port| image2 = Arena da Campus Party Recife 2012 - Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Campus Party| footer = }}Recife has an area dedicated to information technology called "Porto Digital" (Digital Port) with more than 90 companies and 3,000 high tech Jobs. It was founded in July 2000 and has since attracted major investments. Generating some R$10 billion (Brazilian Reais) a year,BOOK,weblink Digital Port of Recife, Porto Digital, Recife, Brazil, PDF, 85-240-3919-1, 2007-07-18, 2006, Portuguese,weblink" title="">weblink April 27, 2011, live, it produces technology that is exported to the United States, India, Japan, and China, among other countries. Software manufacturing is the main activity in the Porto Digital.WEB,weblink Recife Economy – Information on Business and Investment in Recife, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink October 21, 2011, live, The Porto Digital cluster comprises small and medium companies, but multinationals from across the world, like Accenture, Motorola, Samsung, Dell and Sun Microsystems also have operations there. IBM and Microsoft transferred their regional headquarters to Recife.WEB,weblink Archived copy, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink October 29, 2013, dead, mdy-all, Porto Digital's startups can count on a ready pool of talent, courtesy of the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), which boasts one of the best computer-science departments in all of Latin America.WEB,weblink Brazil: A Hot Incubator For Tech Startups, July 10, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2008, live, The university began teaching programmers to use Sun Microsystems Inc.'s (SUNW) Java language in 1996, the year it was introduced. Professors at the school also teamed up to launch the Centro de Estudos e Sistemas Avançados do Recife (C.E.S.A.R), a business incubator that has played a vital role in the birth of some 30 companies.

Logistics hub

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Táxi - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Typical white taxi of Recife.| image2 = Pedestrian separation structure in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Pedestrian separation structure in Recife.| footer = }}Due to its ports, airport, and geographic location in the northeastern region of Brazil, Recife is considered one of the biggest logistics hubs in Brazil. The Logistics and Communications sector employs 4%WEB,weblink Government State Site, October 5, 2019,weblink" title="">weblink July 6, 2011, live, of the people in Recife, 12.3% in Jaboatão dos Guararapes and over 9% in the Metropolitan Area. These numbers were due to increase with the conclusion of the Transnordestina (the main NE Trainline) with a 1,800/1,118 km/mi extension, which will cross 3 and connect 7 States (34 municipalities in Pernambuco alone) products with Suape port (PE) and Pecem Port (CE)) with costs that are estimated to be around 4.5 R$.weblink" title="">State site Portal Pernambuco, World Cup 2014 Plan, page 11Recife has historically benefited from its central location in the Northeast region. In a {{convert|200|mi|km|adj=on}} radius from Recife are four state capitals, two international and three regional airports, five international ports, 12 million people, 51% of the research centers of the Northeast and 35% of the region's GDP. Similarly, in a {{convert|500|mi|km|adj=on}} radius there are seven state capitals, five international and five regional airports, nine international seaports and two fluvial ports.

Shopping centers

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Plaza Shopping Casa Forte - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Plaza Shopping| image2 = RioMar Shopping - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil(7).jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = RioMar Shopping| footer = }}Shopping Center Recife was inaugurated in 1980 and it was subsequently surpassed by Riomar Mall, which gross leasable area is 101.000 m², compared with 91.200m² of Shopping Recife. Other shopping centers include:
  • Shopping Center Tacaruna. The first center for purchases in the North/West zone of the Recife Metropolitan Region was inaugurated on April 29, 1997, with the intention of improving the economies of the cities of Recife, Olinda, and Paulista.WEB,weblink$sitepreview/, Shopping Tacaruna, November 4, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink$sitepreview/, October 29, 2008, dead, mdy-all,
  • Shopping Paço da Alfândega
  • Plaza Shopping Casa Forte, which was inaugurated in November 1998.WEB,weblink Plaza Shopping Casa Forte, November 4, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink December 11, 2008, live,
  • Shopping RioMar, which was inaugurated in 2012.WEB,weblink Shopping RioMar, December 6, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink February 3, 2013, live,

Medical facilities

The Metropolitan Region of Recife has the second largest medical pool in Brazil, after São Paulo. Together they make up 417 hospitals and clinics with 72,000 employees in the Metro Area and more than 120,000 in the State of Pernambuco. The medical pool offers a total of 8,990 beds and, according to the Union of the Hospitals of Pernambuco, recorded in the year 2000 an invoicing of R$220 million (Brazilian Reals). It is thanks to the pool that Pernambuco has access to more computed tomography devices than more developed countries such as Canada or France.Recife Medical Pool {{webarchive|url= |date=December 25, 2009 }}A large portion of the modern hospitals included in the pool are located between the neighbourhoods of Derby and of the Ilha do Leite. The Hospital Real Português de Beneficência Portuguesa em Pernambuco, or "Hospital Português" (Portuguese Hospital) for short, is one of the most renowned hospitals in the country.WEB,weblink Archived copy, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink January 19, 2012, dead, mdy-all, Many people from neighbouring states go to Recife for treatment, as it has the largest and best medical facilities in the North–Northeast of Brazil.BOOK,weblink Medical pool Ranking, UOL, Recife, Brazil, PDF, 85-240-3919-1, 2007-07-18, 2006, Portuguese,weblink" title="">weblink December 26, 2007, dead, mdy-all, Recife has three universities / medical schools for medicine, two public, Federal University of Pernambuco and University of Pernambuco; and one private, Escola Pernambucana de Medicina FBV/IMIP (Medical School of Pernambuco).

Convention centers

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Bairro de Boa Viagem - Zona Sul - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Shopping Center Recife area in Boa Viagem neighborhood.| image2 = Agamenon Magalhães Avenue - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Corporate buildings in Agamenon Magalhães Avenue.| footer = }}Many events taking place during the year include:
  • O Virtuosi, Festival International de Musica de Pernambuco (International Music Festival);
  • O Mimo, Mostra International de Musica em Olinda (International Music Show in Olinda);
  • A feira da Musica Brasil/Porto Musical (Brazil Music Port);
  • A Fispal Recife, Feira Internacional da Alimentacao (International Food Festival);
  • Recife and Olinda Carnival.
Because of its geographic location, tourism and city infrastructure, Recife's convention centers are of a high standard. The two centers are:
  • Centro de Convenções de Pernambuco (Pernambuco Convention Center)
The third largest convention center in Brazil.Convention Centre of Recife {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 15, 2014 }} {{pt icon}}
  • Centro de Convenções da UFPE (Federal University of Pernambuco Convention Center)
A modern theatre with 1,931 seats and {{convert|2071|m2|abbr=off}} of exposition area located on the university campus.

Government and politics

See also: List of mayors of Recife and {{illm|Câmara Municipal do Recife|pt}}
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Tourism and recreation

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Recife Carnival - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Carnival attracts a lot of tourists.| image2 = Muro Alto-001.jpg| width2 = 230| alt2 = | caption2 = Resort in Muro Alto Beach, Porto de Galinhas.| footer = }}Celebrations, holidays and other events are numerous throughout the year. The New Year begins at the beach, Praia de Boa Viagem and in Old Recife. The carnival of Recife and Olinda (which has its historic town centre considered a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1982)WEB,weblink Olinda – Unesco, June 12, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink April 4, 2009, live, begins many weeks ahead in December with innumerable balls and parades.In the city, the carnival festivities begin in December, as locals begin preparing for the official Carnival, which starts the week before Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the Christian liturgical calendar. The pre-Carnival parties usually consist of percussion groups practising in local clubs, city streets and squares, and even Carnival balls. There is a variety of rhythms from different cultures. Carnival officially starts with the Galo da Madrugada, a party in Downtown Recife that attracts many people from several states of Brazil, and other parts of the world.Recife has many quality 3, 4 and 5-Star International Hotels as well as Pousadas (traditional Bed & breakfast) and Apart-Hotels, totalling more than 11,500 bedrooms and this number increases to over 30,000 when the metropolitan area is considered.Miolo_1.pdf Fifa 2014 – Recife {{webarchive|url= |date=March 10, 2009 }}The Mercado de São José (Market of Saint Joseph) is an old, iron construction with a popular market nearby. In the Fort Cinco Pontes (Fort of Five Points) is the state museum, Museu do Estado de Pernambuco. At the rectangular Pátio de São Pedro are the Cathedral São Pedro (Cathedral of Saint Peter) dating from the year 1782 and restored colonial houses, with numerous restaurants, bistros and bars. In the Bairro Santo Antônio (Saint Anthony neighborhood), at the meeting place of the rivers Capibaribe and Beberibe, is the Praça da República (Square of the Republic) with the Teatro Santa Isabel (Theatre of Saint Isabel), with its neoclassical front, the Law Courts, and the Palácio da Justiça (Palace of Justice). The Casa da Cultura (House of Culture) is an old prison that has been converted into a cultural space and shopping centre.File:Frevo dancers - Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil(4).jpg|thumb|280px|right|(Frevo]] was included on the UNESCO's list of intangible heritage.WEB,weblink Brazilian frevo dance is inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity {{en icon, |access-date=December 20, 2017 |archive-url= |archive-date=December 22, 2017 |url-status=live }})Built between 1835 and 1855, the Malakoff Tower, a monument constructed in Tunisian / Arabic style, used to be an observatory and now is a cultural centre and a place for popular gatherings. It is located at Arsenal da Marinha Square. It has been registered as an Historical Patrimony and was named after a similar monument on the Crimean peninsula, off the Black Sea, used as a defence centre for Sebastopol.WEB,weblink Study Guides, Reference Materials for Science, Literature, History & more –, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink November 5, 2011, live, Recife has a zoo known as the Dois Irmãos Park, consisting of 387 hectares of Atlantic Forest reserve and 14 hectares of botanical gardens. It contains 800 animals, the Natural Science Museum and various ecological trails.WEB,weblink Dois Irmãos Park, November 3, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink February 11, 2009, live, The metropolitan area has also a giant water park {{convert|20|km|mi|abbr=on}} North of Recife, called Veneza water park which has nearly one million square feet of area, ten million litres of water and lots of water slides for the youngsters.Among Recife's main tourist attractions are:


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Boa Viagem (2) - Recife - Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = Boa Viagem, Recife>Boa Viagem Beach| image2 = Praia do Pina - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Pina Beach| footer = }}Recife beaches
  • Boa Viagem, Pina and Brasília Teimosa
Jaboatão beaches
  • Piedade, Candeias and Barra de Jangada
Olinda beaches
  • Rio Doce, Casa Caiada and Nossa Senhora do Ó
North beaches
  • Janga, Pau Amarelo, Conceição and Maria Farinha (with one of the largest water park in Brazil – Veneza water park (Paulista RMR) 18/29 km N
  • Gavoa, Itamaracá and Jaguaribe. Itamaracá Island has many beaches such as Coroa do Avião, Forte Orange, Quatro cantos and Pontal (Itamaracá RMR) 30/45 km N


File:Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco 2.jpg|thumb|280px|right|School of Law at the Federal University of PernambucoFederal University of PernambucoThere are international schools, such as the American School of Recife and the ABA Maple Bear Canadian School.Recife is home to several higher education institutions (83), notably several public-owned universities:
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (Federal University of Pernambuco); UFPE (federal, free);
  • Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Catholic University of Pernambuco); UNICAP (private, run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), paid);
  • Universidade de Pernambuco (University of Pernambuco); UPE (state-owned, free);
  • Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco); UFRPE (federal, oriented to agriculture, free);
  • Faculdade Estácio do Recife (former Faculdade Integrada do Recife) (School Faculty of Recife); FIR (private, paid);
  • Faculdade Marista do Recife (Marist Faculty of Recife); FMR (private, run by the Marist congregation, paid)
  • Faculdade SENAC Pernambuco (private, paid);
  • Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassau (Central University of Maurice de Nassau); UNINASSAU (private, paid)
  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Pernambuco (Federal Institute of Education - Center of Technology of Pernambuco); IFPE (technological college, federal, free);
  • Faculdade de Tecnologia de Pernambuco (Faculty of Technology of Pernambuco); FATEC-PE (technological college, state-owned, free).


Recife is the home of several artists, musicians and writers. It is also home to the frevo, a regional dance and music, typical in carnival, and Mangue Beat, a type of Brazilian rock with mixture of Maracatu, Ciranda, Rap and other musical styles. The Festival de São João, held annually in June, celebrates traditional culture and music that originated in the region. Abril Pro Rock, held every April, showcases contemporary rock music.During carnival, downtown Recife holds one of the most authentic and democratic celebrations: every year more than one and a half million people open the festivities of the Brazilian Carnival at Galo da Madrugada. Recife and Olinda combinedMiolo_1.pdf Cultura in Fifa 2014 project page 23 {{webarchive|url= |date=March 10, 2009 }} have 25 museums, 38 art galleries, 2 symphony orchestra halls, 15 theatres, 1 opera house and more than 40 movie theatres.


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Galo da Madrugada, Carnival 2014 - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Galo da Madrugada, Recife Carnival.| image2 = Olinda Carnival - Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil(6).jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Olinda Carnival, in the historic city of Olinda, near Recife.| footer = }}The four-day period before the Christian liturgical preparatory season Lent leading up to Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday is carnival time in Brazil. Rich and poor alike forget their cares as they gaily party in the streets. Pernambuco has large Carnival celebrations with more than 3000 shows in the streets of the historic centre performed by over 430 local groups, including the Frevo, typical Pernambuco music. Another famous carnival music style from Pernambuco is Maracatu. The cities of Recife and Olinda hold the most authentic and democratic Brazilian Carnival celebrations. The largest carnival in Brazil is Galo da Madrugada, which takes place in Downtown Recife on Carnival Saturday. Another famous event is the "Noite dos Tambores Silenciosos." (literally, Night of the Silent Drums) Carnival. Recife's Carnival is nationally known, attracting thousands of visitors every year.The party starts a week before the official date, with electric trios "shaking" the Boa Viagem neighborhood. On Friday, people take to the streets to dance to the sound of frevo and to dance with maracatu, ciranda, caboclinhos, afoxé, reggae and manguebeat groups. There are still many other entertainment centers spread out around the city, featuring local and national artists. One of the highlights is Saturday when more than one and a half million people follow the Galo da Madrugada group.weblink" title="">Carnival in Recife {{en icon}} Everyday, there is the Night of the Silent Drums, on the Pátio do Terço, where Maracatus honor slaves that died in prisons.Maracatu in Recife {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 5, 2014 }} {{en icon}}"Frevo" was born from the confluence of European and Afro-Brazilian cultures,WEB,weblink Frevo, July 14, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 8, 2008, live, as probably did all the other musical genres consolidated in Brazil. Historians from Pernambuco say that, before the term appeared in Recife's 'Jornal Pequeno', it was already heard and danced in a symbiosis of polkas, 'modinhas', 'dobrados' e 'maxixes' e 'jogos pastoris' (stick and rope formations) along the streets of Pernambuco's capital.Frevo in Recife {{Webarchive|url= |date=June 5, 2013 }} {{en icon}} The early music bands (civilian or military) helped to give the sound the defining character that has come to be known as Frevo, a musical mass defined by the brasses. Frevo conductor Guerra Peixe said once that "it is the only popular genre that does not admit the 'play-by-ear composer'. He was referring to the technical hardship of this kind of music, and stressing the role of conductors who led the 'frevistical' troupes.{{Citation needed|reason=quotes must be cited|date=May 2017}}


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Sinagoga-kahal-zur-israel-recife.jpg| width1 = 225| alt1 = | caption1 = Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Americas.| image2 = Oficina de Cerâmica Francisco Brennand - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width2 = 255| alt2 = Francisco Brennand>Francisco Brennand's Ceramic Workshop| footer = }}The Museum of Pernambuco State is housed in a 19th-century mansion in Recife. Known locally as the "Museu do Estado de Pernambuco (MEPE)", it dates back to 1929. The museum comprises over 12 thousand pieces from Masters who portrayed the Colonial period and the Dutch invasion (1630), to 20th and 21st century pieces.Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue: Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel, the historic Recife synagogue in Recife Antigo, is the oldest in the Americas, dating to 1646. The original synagogue was destroyed, but a new one was built on site. In the early 21st century, it was restored for use as a museum. It is an important part of Pernambuco's historic patrimony. It was founded by Jews who settled in the Netherlands after expulsion from Spain and Portugal. They emigrated with the Dutch to "New Holland" when the Dutch invaded the northeastern portion of Brazilian lands occupied by the Portuguese. When the Portuguese reconquered the land, these Sephardic Jews moved further north with the Dutch, and helped found "New Amsterdam" (now New York City) on Manhattan island in the United States.WEB,weblink History Timeline of Jewish People in America |, December 17, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink July 23, 2017, dead, mdy-all, The first New York City synagogue was created in Lower Manhattan by the founders of the first synagogue in the New World in Recife. It later moved to the Upper West Side, where it is still called "the Portuguese and Spanish Synagogue".Gilberto Freyre Foundation: This farmhouse from the 18th century was Gilberto Freyre's old residence. Artworks, arts and crafts, book collections and objects that belonged to the Pernambucan writer and sociologist are displayed here.Ricardo Brennand Institute: Set up in a reproduction of a medieval-style castle, there is a collection of pieces from the period of Dutch rule in Recife, as well as daggers and armor from medieval Europe.Recife City Museum: Located in a room in Cinco Pontas Fort (the five-pointed Fort), this museum houses pictures, reproductions of old paintings, and objects that encapsulate Recife since the period of Dutch rule.{{wide image|Castelo Brennand (Instituto Ricardo Brennand) - Recife - Pernambuco - Brasil(3).jpg|900px|Ricardo Brennand Institute. The "best museum in South America".WEB,weblink Museu foi eleito o melhor da América do Sul pelo site turístico TripAdvisor, pt, September 21, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink September 13, 2015, live, }}


Also known as Recife Audiovisual Festival or Cine-PE, Recife Cinema Festival is a competitive film and audiovisual festival. It is dedicated to the Brazilian and state production of feature & short films; as well as videos and documentaries. It was founded in 1997 by Alfredo & Sandra Bertini, who have been the directors since then. Between 1997 and 2008, 1806 films have been shownWEB,weblink Recife cinema festival, September 3, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink December 25, 2009, dead, mdy-all, (through either competitive applications or National & International invitations), of all types and genres, for a public of over 250,000.Recife and consequently Pernambuco has a tradition in the Brazilian film making history. In the pioneer times of the Brazilian cinema emerged the Regional movements. One of those, was designated Ciclo de RecifeWEB,weblink Archived copy, September 3, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink June 10, 2011, dead, mdy-all, (Recife cycle), between 1922 and 1931. Despite adverse conditions, during this cycle 13 feature films were produced in Recife (usually about drama & romance) and 7 documentary films (usually ordered by authorities to show their public works). Despite the pervasive influence of US and European cinemas in the silent film times, the Recife cycle was one of the most important and productive regional movements. One of the most important films was Aitaré da Praia, which is recognised for pioneering the rise of regional themes (1925). Other successful films were Retribuição (1923) and A Filha do Advogado (1926). Another important phase of the Pernambuco/Recife film history was in the 1970s with a movement called Super 8, often used for home videos and documentaries made by students, amateurs and aspirant film makers, due to the utilisation of 8 mm film, using the new technology released by Kodak.Study Guides, Reference Materials for Science, Literature, History & more –


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Feijoada à brasileira.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = Feijoada>Brazilian feijoada, considered the Brazil's national dish, was registered for the first time in Recife.HTTP://SUPER.ABRIL.COM.BR/COMPORTAMENTO/A-FEIJOADA-NAO-E-INVENCAO-BRASILEIRA/>TITLE=A FEIJOADA NãO é INVENçãO BRASILEIRAPUBLISHER=SUPERINTERESSANTEARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20170827170830/HTTPS://SUPER.ABRIL.COM.BR/COMPORTAMENTO/A-FEIJOADA-NAO-E-INVENCAO-BRASILEIRA/URL-STATUS=LIVE, HTTP://BASILIO.FUNDAJ.GOV.BR/PESQUISAESCOLAR/INDEX.PHP?OPTION=COM_CONTENT&VIEW=ARTICLE&ID=546:O-CARAPUCEIRO-JORNAL&CATID=38:LETRA-C>TITLE=O CARAPUCEIRO (JORNAL)PUBLISHER=FUNDAJARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20170909233742/HTTP://BASILIO.FUNDAJ.GOV.BR/PESQUISAESCOLAR/INDEX.PHP?OPTION=COM_CONTENT&VIEW=ARTICLE&ID=546:O-CARAPUCEIRO-JORNAL&CATID=38:LETRA-CURL-STATUS=LIVE, | image2 = Bolo de Rolo, doce brasileiro, típico de Pernambuco.jpg| width2 = 252| alt2 = | caption2 = The bolo de rolo, one of the symbols of Pernambuco.| footer = }}Recife cuisine is the cuisine of its region, Pernambuco and the Northeast, and the culinary influences of the area can be traced to a dynamic assortment of cultures: the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, Moors, Africans and Indigenous.WEB,weblink Cuisine of Recife, July 14, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink June 29, 2008, live, Many dishes come with a delicious coconut sauce, palm oil (dendê) and feature corn, manioc roots, yam, fresh seafood (shrimp, crab, lobster cooked with exotic sauces) and native fruits. Grilled meats are also widely served, especially goat and beef dishes.WEB,weblink Recife – Pernambuco, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink April 6, 2012, dead, mdy-all, The typical regional main dishes include caldeirada (seafood stew with octopus cooked with various spices and coconut milk, which may be served with white beans or toasted cassava flour), feijoada Pernambucana (made with brown beans instead of black), sarapatel, buchada (goat stew), dobradinha (bean stew), roast goat, mão de vaca (cow's foot stew), Rabada (ox tail stew with manioc flour), cozido Pernambucano (beef stew), chambaril, galinha de cabidela (chicken in blood sauce), peixada Pernambucana (fish stew), macaxeira com charque (cassava with beef jerky), quiabada (okra with beef), feijão com arroz (rice and beans), and guaiamuns (giant crabs). One of the most traditional dishes, is Carne-de-sol (Sun-dried beef), which consists of beef dried in the sun and usually served with green beans.WEB,weblink oriettagggo – Articles and posts about oriettagggo from the best blogs, December 20, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink November 15, 2011, dead, mdy-all, For dessert, Recife offers bolo de rolo (cake roll), cake Souza Leão, and cartola (top hat cake) which consists of fried long bananas with cheese topped with cinnamon and sugar. The diversity continues for the breakfast as one can find cuscuz of sweet corn or manioc, yams and cassava with charque (corned beef or beef jerky), sweet potato, goiabada, fried long banana, mugunzá, regional fruits, bread, tapioca, rice pudding, porridge, yogurt, queijo coalho, corn bread, hominy and pamonha. Breakfast is often accompanied by coffee and/or milk and juices from regional fruits such as cashew, pineapple, mangoes, acerola, guava, passion fruit, umbu, hog plum, pitanga, jackfruit, orange, avocado and the regionally most famous caldo-de-cana and água-de-coco juices.WEB,weblink Recife City Guide, December 15, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink April 26, 2012, dead, mdy-all, According to Abrasel (Brazilian Association of Bars & Restaurants), Recife has more than 1,700 bars and restaurants which serve regional (partially listed above), Brazilian (such as moqueca, bobó de camarão, açaí) and International dishes from all over the world, which has made it the first gastronomic centre of the NortheastWEB,weblink Cuisine of Recife, September 30, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink August 8, 2010, live, and the third one in the whole country after São Paulo and Rio.


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Aeroporto do recife.jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = | caption1 = Recife Airport| image2 = 1212 recife aerea porto 2209.jpg| width2 = 280| alt2 = | caption2 = Recife port| footer = }}

International airport

Guararapes International Airport, also known as Gilberto Freyre International Airport, is the airport serving Recife. It has been open in its newest structure since July 2004 and is 52,000 square m in area.


Suape port, is located in the administrative area of the small town of Ipojuca, inside the metropolitan region. Suape serves ships 365 days a year without any restrictions with regard to tidal schedules. The port moves over 8.4 million tons of cargo a year. More than 95 companiesPort of Recife {{en icon}} from almost all industries are already installed in Suape which includes a Petrobras Refinery, the largest shipbuilder in South American and a large petrochemical Company as well as many others.Port of Recife is located in the city of Recife. Road access to Port of Recife is accomplished, mainly, through the federal highways BR-232 (linking the interior of the state) and BR-101 (linking to other States to the north and the south of the State of Pernambuco). The main producing and consuming centres of the interior of the state and of the rest of the Northeast, are linked to Port by paved highways.


{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Corredor exclusivo de ônibus na Avenida Conde da Boa Vista - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg| width1 = 270| alt1 = | caption1 = Bus lane in Recife.| image2 = Estação do Metrô do Recife 2.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Recife Metro, the third largest in Brazil.| footer = }}Recife Metro is one of the largest metro systems in Brazil. It reaches from Recife central station to Jaboatão, Timbi (Camaragibe) and Cajueiro Seco (Jaboatão dos Guararapes), being complemented by a light rail, with connections at Curado and Cajueiro Seco stations, which links Recife and Jaboatão to Cabo de Santo Agostinho.This system is also integrated with bus terminalsBOOK,weblink, Recife Metro, CBTU, Recife, Brazil, PDF, 85-240-3919-1, 2007-07-18, 2006, Portuguese,weblink" title="">weblink February 2, 2008, such as at Barro, Joana Bezerra and Tancredo Neves stations. It is possible to ride the metro and the connected bus line by purchasing one ticket only. In March 2009, Recife Metro completed an additional phase of expansion. The system now has 29 stations (18 integrated with buses), plus 9 light rail stations, and is {{convert|39.5|km|mi|abbr=on}} long.


According to Detran-PE (Transportation State Bureau Administrator) in 2009, the city of Recife had a total fleet of over 464,000WEB,weblink Archived copy, July 16, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink July 6, 2011, live, motor vehicles on its streets. 54,335 cargo vehicles, 318,520 passenger vehicles, 72,719 motorbikes, 14,142 others and 4,855 buses (split between private and public). These buses transport almost two million passengers dailyWEB,weblink 2009-07-17, mdy-all, {{dead link|date=July 2018|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}weblink" title="">NE10 in the metropolitan area, distributed between 17 local bus companies.


Recife metropolitan area is crossed by 3 main Federal highways:WEB,weblink Distancias, Imagens de Satélite, Roteiros, Mapas, Enderecos, July 17, 2009,weblink" title="">weblink July 9, 2009, live,

Public Transportation Statistics

The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Recife, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 96 min. 34% of public transit riders, ride for more than 2 hours every day. The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 27 min, while 60% of riders wait for over 20 minutes on average every day. The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 9 km, while 19% travel for over 12 km in a single direction.WEB, Recife Public Transportation Statistics, Global Public Transit Index by Moovit,weblink June 19, 2017,weblink August 11, 2017, live, (File:CC-BY icon.svg|50px) Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License {{Webarchive|url= |date=October 16, 2017 }}.


See also: {{illm|List of bairros in Recife|pt|Lista de bairros do Recife}}
The city has 6 Political Administrative Regions (RPA), which contains all 94 neighborhoods:Prefeitura do Recife {{webarchive|url= |date=March 20, 2014 }}{| class="toccolours" style="text-align:center; font-size:90%; background:F5F5F5; "| align=center style="background:lavender; font-weight:bold;" ! RPA !! Microregion !! Neighborhoods !! Map {{LegendRecife Antigo e Santo Amaro > (File:RPAs de Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.svg|250px)| Boa Vista, Cabanga, Ilha do Leite, Paissandu, Santo Antônio, São José e Soledade| Coelhos e Ilha Joana Bezerra {{Legend| Arruda, Campina do Barreto, Campo Grande, Encruzilhada, Hipódromo, Peixinhos, Ponto de Parada, Rosarinho e Torreão| Água Fria, Alto Santa Terezinha, Bomba do Hemetério, Cajueiro, Fundão e Porto da Madeira| Beberibe, Dois Unidos e Linha do Tiro {{LegendParnamirim (Recife)>Parnamirim, Poço da Panela, Santana, Tamarineira e Sítio dos Pintos| Alto José Bonifácio, Alto José do Pinho, Mangabeira, Morro da Conceição e Vasco da Gama| Brejo da Guabiraba, Brejo do Beberibe, Córrego do Jenipapo, Guabiraba, Macaxeira, Nova Descoberta, Passarinho e Pau Ferro {{Legend| Cordeiro, Ilha do Retiro, Iputinga, Madalena, Prado, Torre e Zumbi| Engenho do Meio e Torrões| Caxangá, Cidade Universitária e Várzea {{Legend| Afogados, Bongi, Mangueira, Mustardinha e San Martin| Areias, Caçote, Estância e Jiquiá| Barro, Coqueiral, Curado, Jardim São Paulo, Sancho, Tejipió e Totó {{LegendBoa Viagem, Recife>Boa Viagem, Brasília Teimosa, Imbiribeira, Ipsep e Pina| Ibura e Jordão| CohabFile:Boa Viagem Beach - Recife - Pernambuco - Brazil.jpg|The neighborhood of Boa Viagem.File:Bacia do Pina - Recife - Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg|The neighborhood of São José.File:Bairro da Boa Vista - Recife - Pernambuco - Brasil.jpg|The neighborhood of Boa Vista.File:Bairro da Torre e o Rio Capibaribe vistos do Bairro da Jaqueira - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg|The neighborhood of JaqueiraFile:Poço da Panela-9.jpg|The neighborhood of Poço da Panela.File:Fonte na Praça do Entroncamento - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg|Entroncamento Square in Graças.File:Parque das Esculturas de Francisco Brennand em Recife - PE - Brasil.jpg|Sculptures Park in Old Recife.File:Edifícios históricos no Bairro do Recife - Recife - Pernambuco - Brasil.jpg|Historic buildings in Old Recife.File:Visconde de Jequitinhonha Avenue - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg|Visconde de Jequitinhonha Avenue in Boa Viagem.File:Avenida Mascarenhas de Morais e passarela do aeroporto - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg|Mascarenhas de Morais Avenue in Imbiribeira.File:Avenida Agamenon Magalhães Recife.jpg|Agamenon Magalhães Avenue in Derby.


(File:Calçadão e ciclovia da Praia de Boa Viagem - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg|280px|thumb|right|Bicycle path in Boa Viagem Beach.){{See also|2014 FIFA World Cup|Sports in Brazil}}Football in Pernambuco began in 1902, when English and Dutch sailors landed in Recife and played a game of football on the beach. The new game aroused the interest of the people of Pernambuco, and they soon started playing.Recife provides visitors and residents with various sporting activities. There are several football clubs based in Recife, such as Sport the current 2019 State Champion (42 times state champion and once national champion (1987) and Brazil's Cup champion (2008)), Santa Cruz (29 times state champion) and Náutico (22 times state champion and unique 6 consecutives). The Campeonato Pernambucano (Pernambuco's State Championship) is divided into Taça Revolução and Taça Confederação. They both have the same format: standard round-robin, in which all teams play each other once. A round-robin tournament or all-play-all tournament is a type of group tournament in which each participant plays every other participant an equal number of times. If a team wins both Taça Tabocas e Guararapes and Taça Confederação do Equador, it is crowned the state champion. If not, a home-and-away playoff with the winners is disputed, and the winner is declared the state champion.Also, the city has traditions in another sports as:Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Tenis, Table tenis, Volleyball, beach volley, Handball, Surf, Skateboard, Bodysurf, Swimning pool and Futsal. Provided by clubs such as:Nautico, Sport, Santa Cruz, Portuguese Club of Recife, Caxanga Golf & Country Club, Mauricio de Nassau University, School of Tenis Recife as others.

1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cup

{{multiple image| align = right| image1 = Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil(4).jpg| width1 = 250| alt1 = Itaipava Arena Pernambuco>Arena Pernambuco, the stadium of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.| image2 = Acesso a Arena Pernambuco - Recife.jpg| width2 = 250| alt2 = | caption2 = Access to the stadium.| footer = }}Recife was one of the 12 cities chosen to host games for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which Brazil was the host nation. The Metropolitan Recife project consisted of a new Sports City constructed in São Lourenço da Mata in an intersection area near to Recife, Jaboatão dos Guararapes and Camaragibe. The new Sports complex is {{convert|19|km|mi|abbr=on}} west of Recife city centre and {{convert|19|km|mi|abbr=on}} from the Airport.The sports complex 'City'Recife Sports City 2014 in Pernambuco State site (Portuguese){{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} was constructed with a new stadium with 45,000 seats, 9,000 flats, 6,000 car parking spaces, 1 hospital, 1 technical school, 1 shopping centre, 1 integrated metro/bus station and improvement of federal roads, all with an estimated cost of R$1.6 billion.This was the second time Recife has been chosen to be one of the host cities of the FIFA World Cup. In 1950, Recife hosted just one game, between Chile and the United States, at Ilha do Retiro Stadium. At this time, it was the only city to represent the Northeast of Brazil.

Social and environmental issues

Violence(File:Quartel do Derby.jpg|thumb|280px|right|General Headquarters Command of Pernambuco Military Police.)In 2013, Recife had the 38th highest homicide rate in The Americas, after Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, San Juan and other cities.WEB,weblink Por tercer año consecutivo, San Pedro Sula es la ciudad más violenta del mundo, March 31, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink March 24, 2014, live, PESP planThe State Governor Eduardo Campos introduced the PESP plan (Security state Plan – Plano Estadual de Seguranca Publica) on 2 May 2009. This aimedMiolo_2.pdf PESP plan in Fifa 2014 project page 26 {{webarchive|url= |date=March 10, 2009 }} to reduce homicides by 12% each year until they reached half of the previous rate. The plan was based on the fact that 60% of murders were committed by people related to criminal activities and embraces both prevention and correction.Carnival security planIn 2007 ISS servers managed 50 Pelco Spectra PTZ cameras to capture all activity within areas of the city used for Carnival. Continued deployment of this project in Recife aimed to install over 1000 cameras in the city. Immediate statistics during the Carnival period indicated a reduction in violent crime of over 30%.WEB,weblink Security plan of Recife, November 2, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 6, 2011, live, WEB,weblink City hall website – Security plan, November 2, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink July 6, 2011, dead, mdy-all,

Recuperation program

UNICEF is an international development agency, which supports locally initiated projects with an emphasis on children. Recife offered an environment to utilise its rich cultural heritage to develop programs aimed at its most serious issues. One of the most hands-on projects was a radio program named "Jovens Comunicadores" (Communicating Youth).WEB,weblink Jovens Comunicadores in Recife, Pernambuco, November 13, 2008,weblink" title="">weblink November 27, 2009, dead, mdy-all, It trained a group of eighteen adolescents to produce a weekly radio program focusing on child labour. The program is recorded and sent to community radio stations, most of which are broadcast in the sugar cane area where many children work. Jovens Comunicadores advocates and lobbies against exploitation. All programs are produced and edited by teens. As a radio program, it also plays regional music, giving a boost to local culture.Jovens Comunicadores Program Blog{{Dead link|date=July 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}"Criança Feliz" (Happy Child) had the same objective, eliminating child exploitation, but used a different approach. It was begun by a women's organisation and offered after-school activities with the goal of discouraging children and adolescents from working in sex tourism. Besides giving classes and training in computers, English, art, and karate, it also offered psychological services and group therapy. These combined services sought to equip children not only with skills but also a positive self-image and respect to not fall into prostitution. As all the kids came from very poor backgrounds, the financial pull of prostitution was very high. Criança Feliz worked at educating them about the high costs in the long term. This was a very interesting project, since it was actually a house with groups of kids divided into participating in different activities.weblink" title="">Criança Feliz Program

Shark attacks

(File:Signs warning of shark attacks at Boa Viagem Beach in Recife, Brazil.jpg|thumb|280px|Signs warning of shark attacks at Boa Viagem Beach.)(File:Natural pools - Boa Viagem Beach - Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.jpg|thumb|280px|Natural pools – Boa Viagem Beach.)Shark attacks were addressed in the National Geographic Channel series Hunter Hunted in the episode "Shark Invasion." Surfing has been outlawed since 1995 on the urban beaches (Pina, Boa Viagem, Piedade, and Candeias) because of the risk the sport poses to its practitioners due to shark attacks. It is strongly recommended that bathers not climb over and swim beyond the reefs because of strong, unpredictable currents and the possible presence of bull sharks. Several beaches have messages alerting people to the danger of sharks, although this is very rare, as in most parts of Brazil.Shark attacks in Recife {{Webarchive|url= |date=December 13, 2012 }} {{pt icon}}Before the 1990s there had been virtually no attacks reported here. As of June 28, 1992, WEB,weblink Shark Attack Data Brazil, Shark Attack Data, 23 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink June 5, 2019, live, Recife began officially registering shark attacks on its beaches (mainly on the beach of Boa Viagem), and between 1992 and 2013 there 62 shark attacks along a {{convert|20|km|mi|abbr=on}} stretch of coast, 24 of them being fatal.Total of fatal shark attacks in Recife {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 29, 2013 }} {{pt icon}} The last deadly attack occurred on July 22, 2013.WEB,weblink Tubarão: julho é o mês com mais ataques. Saiba como evitá-los, Jornal do Comércio, 18 July 2016, 23 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink December 24, 2017, live, What shocked about the shark attacks in Recife is that so many of them are fatal - 21 of the 56, a death rate of about 37%. This is much higher than the worldwide shark attack fatality rate, which is currently about 16%, according to Florida State Museum of Natural History.WEB,weblink The beautiful Brazilian beaches plagued by shark attacks, BBC, 27 September 2012, 23 December 2017,weblink August 1, 2018, live, Scientists believe most of these attacks are committed by two species, bull sharks and tiger sharks, but forensic evidence has only been able to confirm the species responsible in eight of these attacks. Bull sharks are considered to be one of the most dangerous shark species, with many proven attacks against humans. There are almost two million people in Recife and surrounding areas, and there are many beaches conveniently located in and around the city, but some {{convert|700|m|abbr=off}} off the coast there is a deep trench running parallel to the beaches. Sharks use this trench as a migratory route and emerge from it to hunt in the shallows. Other facts contribute to the appearance of sharks in the area of Boa Viagem Beach: the marine currents direct the animals for that stretch of 20 kilometers. A sand bank extends into the sea about a thousand meters from Recife's beaches. Between this long strip, with depth between 1 and 3 meters, and the beach a deep channel is formed (between 5 and 8 meters),WEB,weblink Ataques de tubarão: 25 anos de medo nas praias, Diário de Pernambuco, 21 November 2017, 24 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink December 23, 2017, live, which becomes a kind of refectory for sharks, since it attracts several species of rays, one of the prey of sharks. The presence of so many prey in that area makes the sharks stay closer to the beaches for longer and when the shark enters these channels, there is a great risk of contact with people.It is Recife's Port Suape, though, that many see as the biggest cause of the recent attacks. Located {{convert|20|km|0|abbr=off}} south of Boa Viagem Beach, where most of the attacks have occurred, the port has been the cause of much disturbance for marine life along the coast and the nearby estuaries. To facilitate its initial construction, in the late 1970s, two freshwater estuaries, which had discharged into the Atlantic Ocean were sealed off. The port opened for business in 1984, (and today handles more than four million tonnes of cargo per year) but it was not until 1992 that it began to attract significant shipping traffic. The passage of large vessels on the coast of Recife attracts sharks, by clearing organic waste in the waters of the sea. Before 1992, Recife had no more shark attacks than any other beach in Brazil, but the change was immediate and dramatic.To build the port, estuaries were dredged and long docks built, protruding out into the ocean. This is especially a problem for bull sharks, who generally stay close to land and are able to tolerate fresh water (they are regularly encountered in rivers such as the Amazon). Much of their life cycle is dependent on coastal estuaries and the building of Suape is thought to have disrupted breeding and hunting habits. The destruction of the mangrove and the rectification of rivers, have also contributed to the imbalance of the ecological balance. Most sharks use the mangroves at least once in life to breed or feed. The destruction of the mangrove swamps where the Suape port was built caused the bull shark females that used the place to procreate migrate to the estuary of the Jaboatão River, to the north. This river flows exactly into the beaches of Recife. Cemit, the Council for Shark Hazard Monitoring, conducts a catch-and-release program to remove the sharks from beaches. 81 sharks were caught{{when|date=March 2015}}, tagged with tracking devices, and released far out to sea. Its GPS data on the sharks tagged show that after being caught, all tiger sharks have migrated to other regions. To get the sharks further out to sea, Cemit in 2006 sank three boats on the far side of the ocean trench to create an artificial reef. This was to attract fish to congregate around the boats so that sharks coming out of the trench to hunt would move away from the beach. The Council for Shark Hazard Monitoring (Cemit), recommends the following precautions to prevent the attack of sharks on beaches in Recife: Avoid bathing between sunset and sunrise. It is in this period that sharks are most active. Do not enter the sea when the tide is full. Hungry sharks get across the reef if there is enough water flowing over them. Avoid swimming alone and when the water is cloudy. Do not enter the water above the waist and do not swim in the open sea. In 1995, the Pernambuco government prohibited the practice of water sports on 32 km of coastline in the Metropolitan Region of Recife. This ban resulted in the reduction of incidents with sharks thereafter. WEB,weblink Vinte anos após a proibição de esportes náuticos, governo desiste de instalar tela de proteção, Diário de Pernambuco, 31 March 2015, 24 December 2017,weblink" title="">weblink December 24, 2017, live, The state-funded investigation has focused on the long-term ecological effects of the new port of Suape. Based on its findings, local human rights lawyers are considering a symbolic legal challenge to the State of Pernambuco, with the aim of securing compensation for the victims of attacks.

Notable people

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Twin towns – sister cities

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