Location: State of Sao Paulo, south-east Brazil
Dialling code: 55
Population: 11 million (city); 20 million (metropolitan)
Languages: Portuguese; Spanish and English taught in schools
Time zone: GMT - 3 (GMT - 2 from November to February)
Average January temperatures: 23°C (73°F)
Average July temperatures: 17°C (63°F)
Annual rainfall: 1,317mm (52 inches).