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Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
(Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈminɐz ʒeˈɾajs])[3] is a state in the north of Southeastern Brazil. It ranks as the second most populous, the third by gross domestic product (GDP), and the fourth largest by area in the country. The state's capital and largest city, Belo Horizonte, is a major urban and finance center in Latin America, and is the sixth largest municipality in Brazil, after the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia
and Fortaleza, but its metropolitan area is the third largest in Brazil with just over 5,500,000 inhabitants, after those of São Paulo
São Paulo
and Rio de Janeiro.[4] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is the state with the largest number of Brazilian presidents[citation needed]. With an area of 586,528 square kilometres (226,460 sq mi)—larger than Metropolitan France—it is the fourth most extensive state in Brazil. The main producer of coffee and milk in the country, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is known for its heritage of architecture and colonial art in historical cities such as São João del Rei, Congonhas, Ouro Preto, Diamantina, Tiradentes
and Mariana. In the south, the tourist points are the hydro mineral spas, such as Caxambu, Lambari, São Lourenço, Poços de Caldas, São Thomé das Letras, Monte Verde and the national parks of Caparaó
and Canastra. The landscape of the State is marked by mountains,[5] valleys, and large areas of fertile lands. In the Serra do Cipó, Sete Lagoas, Cordisburgo
and Lagoa Santa, the caves and waterfalls are the attractions. Some of Brazil's most famous caverns are located there. In recent years, the state has emerged as one of the largest economic forces of Brazil, exploring its great economic potential.


1 Etymology 2 Location 3 Geography 4 Geology

4.1 Paleontology

5 History

5.1 Image gallery

6 Demographics

6.1 Major cities 6.2 Religion

7 Economy 8 Communications 9 Education

9.1 Educational institutions

10 Culture

10.1 People 10.2 Cuisine 10.3 Museums 10.4 Music 10.5 Famous personalities

11 Infrastructure

11.1 International Airport 11.2 Administrative Center/ Cidade Administrativa de Minas Gerais 11.3 Highways

12 Sports 13 Flag 14 Cities 15 References 16 External links

Etymology[edit] Two interpretations are given for the origin of the name Minas Gerais.[6] It comes from "Minas dos Matos Gerais", the former name of the colonial province ("Mines of the General Woods"). So a first and more common understanding affirms that the name simply means "General Mines", with the word Gerais serving as an adjective to the mines, which were themselves spread in several spots around a larger region. Another explanation is that this ignores the two large geographical spaces which conformed the state in its history: the region of the mines (Minas), and the region of the Gerais ("Matos Gerais" or "Campos Gerais", which means something close to "General Fields"). These corresponded to the areas of Sertão
which were farther and hard to access (with an economy based on farming and agriculture) from the mining spots (whose economic space was urban from its origin[7]). The confusion comes from the fact that the term "Gerais" is taken as an adjective to "Minas" in the first version, although according to this point of view it refers to the region called Gerais (as a noun). A further complication is that this is not a well-defined area on the map of the state, but rather a designation to these parts outside the mining spots, more related to the geography of Sertão, and more isolated from the state's nucleus. Location[edit] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is in the north of the southeastern subdivision of Brazil, which also contains the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. It borders on Bahia
(north), Goiás
(west and northwest), Mato Grosso do Sul
Mato Grosso do Sul
(far west), the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
(south) and the state of Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
(east). It also shares a short boundary with the Distrito Federal (northwest). Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is situated between 14°13'58" and 22°54'00" S latitude and between 39°51'32" and 51°02'35" W longitude. It is larger in area than Metropolitan France
Metropolitan France
or Spain. Geography[edit]

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Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
features some of the longest rivers in Brazil, most notably the São Francisco, the Paraná and to a lesser extent, the Rio Doce. The state also holds many hydroelectric power plants, including Furnas. Some of the highest peaks in Brazil
are in the mountain ranges in the southern part of the state, such as Serra da Mantiqueira and Serra do Cervo, that mark the border between Minas and its neighbors São Paulo
São Paulo
and Rio de Janeiro. The most notable one is the Pico da Bandeira, the third highest mountain in Brazil
at 2890 m, standing on the border with Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
state. The state also has huge reserves of iron and sizeable reserves of gold and gemstones, including emerald, topaz and aquamarine mines. Emeralds found in this location are comparable to the best Colombia-origin emeralds, and are most often a bluish-green color.[8] Each region of the state has a distinct character, geographically and to a certain extent culturally.

Town of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos c.1821–1825

The central and eastern area of the state is hilly and rocky, with little vegetation on the mountains. Around Lagoa Santa and Sete Lagoas a typical Karst topography
Karst topography
with caves and lakes is found. Some of the mountains are almost entirely iron ore, which led to extensive mining (in some places at the expense of the environment). Recent advances in environmental policy helped to put limits to mining. About 200 kilometres (120 mi) to the east of Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
is the second Metropolitan Region of the state, Vale do Aço (steel valley), which has iron and steel processing companies along the course of the Rio Doce and its tributaries. Vale do Aço's largest cities are Ipatinga, Coronel Fabriciano
Coronel Fabriciano
and Timóteo. Now that mining is restricted large areas of forest are being removed for timber, charcoal and to clear land for cattle ranching. The original forest cover of these inland hills is very much fragmented. The city of Governador Valadares
Governador Valadares
is in the limit of this region with the poorer North. The south of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is hilly and green, with coffee and milk production. This region is notably cooler than the rest of the state, and some locations are subject to temperatures just below the freezing point during the winter. The region is also famed for its mineral-water resorts, including the cities of Poços de Caldas, Lambari, São Lourenço and Caxambu. Many industries are located at Varginha
and Pouso Alegre. The southeast of the state, called Zona da Mata (Forest Zone) was the richest region until the mid 20th century, nowadays the biggest city, Juiz de Fora, remains an important industrial, cultural and educational center, being also the fourth largest in the Minas state. The day-to-day living in the Zona da Mata however, is better represented by a group of smaller cities like Manhuaçu
Além Paraíba, Viçosa, Leopoldina, Cataguases, Muriaé, Ubá, Astolfo Dutra and several others. Those cities put together form a strong economic presence based mostly on agriculture, textiles and minerals. The city of the principal coffee region in Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is São João do Manhuaçu
situated in Zona da Mata. The west of Minas Gerais, also known as "Triângulo Mineiro" (which means "the Minas Triangle", due to the geographic shape of this region), is composed of a particular type of savanna, known as the Cerrado. This region was initially occupied by large free-wheeling beef ranches, which are still important for the economy of the region. Over the 1990s, extensive soy and corn farms occupied much of the farming land available. The Cerrado
is also one of the principal coffee-growing areas of Brazil. The main cities of this region are Uberlândia, Uberaba, Patos de Minas
Patos de Minas
and Araguari. The north of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is part of the arid sertão of the Nordeste, and is thus subject to frequent droughts. Recent irrigation projects use the water from the São Francisco river for agriculture; the river crosses the northern region carrying water from its basin in the central area of the state, which is subject to a regular rainfall pattern. The diamond mines of this region, mainly in Diamantina, attracted miners but are now exhausted, and the remaining population lives in poor conditions, especially in the valley of the Jequitinhonha
River. The region is, however, known for its high quality cachaça production. Salinas in particular exports large amounts of this alcoholic beverage. The main cities of this region are Montes Claros, Teófilo Otoni, Pirapora
and Janaúba.

Serra da Mantiqueira. 

Serra da Canastra National Park. 

Flowers in Serra do Cipó. 

in Serra da Canastra. 

in Serra do Cipó. 

Geology[edit] Paleontology[edit]


The discovery of the Maxakalisaurus topai
Maxakalisaurus topai
(Dinoprata) fossils was a significant paleontological find. The fossil is a genus of titanosaurid dinosaur found 45 kilometers (28 mi) from the city of Prata (Triângulo Mineiro), in the state of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
in 1998. It was closely related to Saltasaurus, a sauropod considered unusual because it had evolved apparently defensive traits, including bony plates on its skin and vertical plates along its spine; such osteoderms have also been found for Maxakalisaurus. The genus name is derived from the tribe of the Maxakali. The Maxakalisaurus fossils belonged to an animal about 13 meters (43.3 ft) long, with an estimated weight of 9 tons, although, according to paleontologist Alexander Kellner, it could reach a length of approximately 20 meters (65 ft). It had a long neck and tail, ridged teeth (unusual among sauropods) and lived about 80 million years ago. Because sauropods seem to have lacked significant competition in South America, they evolved there with greater diversity and more unusual traits than elsewhere in the world. A replica has been displayed at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, since August 28, 2006.[9] History[edit]

Baruch, 18th century Baroque
sculpture, by Aleijadinho.

In the colonial era, the Brazilian interior was colonized by Portuguese and bandeirantes. The Brazilian gold rush ushered in an influx of new settlers in search of veins of gold (discovered 1693) and gems, and later diamonds which come from the naturally occurring itacolumite rock that can be found in great numbers in the region. These helped to boost occupation of the inner lands and led to the foundation of several new villages. In 1697, the Portuguese used enslaved African labor to start building the Estrada Real, the "royal road," that would connect the ports of cities of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
and Paraty
to the mineral-rich regions of Ouro Preto, Serro, and, at the northernmost point, Diamantina. Prior to 1720, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
was part of the captaincy of São Vicente (later renamed São Paulo
São Paulo
e Minas de Ouro). The first capital of Minas Gerais, and seat of the local see, was the city of Mariana; it was later moved to Vila Rica. In the late 18th century, Vila Rica
Vila Rica
was the largest city in Brazil
and one of the most populous in America. As the gold mines were exhausted over the 19th century, the city lost its importance; it was later renamed Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto
and remained the state capital until the construction of the all-new, planned city of Belo Horizonte at the turn of the 20th century. The gold cycle left its mark in cities such as Mariana, Ouro Preto, Diamantina, Sabará, Tiradentes
and São João del Rei. The relative isolation from European influence, added to the huge influx of gold and other valuable minerals, helped the local people to develop their own style of art, which became known as Barroco Mineiro. Prime examples of this period are the richly decorated churches in the colonial cities. The most important artist of this period was Antônio Francisco Lisboa, who became known as Aleijadinho. His sculptural and architectural work is highly valued by experts as one of the most refined artistic expressions outside Europe at that time. In addition to art and architecture, there was an explosion of musical activity in Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
in the 18th century. Printed copies of European music, as well as accomplished musicians, made the journey to the area, and soon a local school of composition and performance was born and achieved considerable sophistication. Several composers worked in Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
in the 18th century, mainly in Vila Rica
Vila Rica
(now Ouro Preto), Sabará, Mariana, and other cities. Some of the names which have survived include José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita, Marcos Coelho Netto, Francisco Gomes da Rocha and Ignácio Parreiras Neves; they cultivated a style related to the classical European style but marked by more a more chordal, homophonic sound, and they usually wrote for mixed groups of voices and instruments. Guimarães Rosa's literature is mostly situated in Minas Gerais, with locations widely located across the State (hence the term General, although more concentrated in its north) rather than delimited and identifiable. This northern area began to be colonized (with brutal conflicts with the large Amerindian population who lived in some parts, especially in Vale do Jequitinhonha) and became accessible to colonists departing from Bahia
up north, which made the Portuguese crown insert the region within the state of Minas Gerais's borders in order to prevent gold and diamond smuggling from people trying to avoid colonial taxation and oversight; thus the state of MG was closely watched by the crown because of its tax revenue.

People of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
in the 1820s

During the 18th century, mining exploration was strongly controlled by the Portuguese Crown, which imposed heavy taxes on everything extracted (one fifth of all gold would go to the Crown). Several rebellions were attempted by the colonists, always facing strong reaction by the imperial crown. One of the most important was the Felipe dos Santos revolt that ended with his execution but also with the separation of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
of São Paulo. The most notable one, however, was the Inconfidência, started in 1789 by group of middle-class colonists, mostly intellectuals and young officers. They were inspired by the American and French Enlightenment ideals. The conspiracy failed and the rebels were arrested and exiled. The most famous of them, Joaquim José da Silva Xavier (known as Tiradentes), was hanged by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, becoming a local hero and a national martyr of Brazil. The Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
flag—a red triangle on a white background, along with the Latin motto "Libertas quæ sera tamen", "freedom albeit late"—is based on the design for the national flag proposed by the "Inconfidentes", as the rebels became known. In the economic history of Brazil, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
plays a pivotal role in shifting the economic axis from the Brazilian northeast (based on sugarcane, that starts declining in the 18th century) to the southeast of the country, which still remains the major economic center. The large amounts of gold found in the region attracted the attention of Portugal back to Brazil, progressively turning Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
into an important port city, from where these would be shipped to Portugal and where the Portuguese crown would eventually move its administration in 1808 after Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Portugal (see Transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil). Due to the economic importance of the state and the particular traits of the local population—famed for its reserved and balanced character— Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
has also played an important role on national politics. During the 19th century, politicians such as José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva were instrumental in the establishment of the Brazilian Empire
Brazilian Empire
under the rule of Dom Pedro I and later his son, Dom Pedro II. After the installation of the Brazilian Republic, during the early 20th century, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
shared the control of the national political scene with São Paulo
São Paulo
in what became known as the " Coffee
with Milk" (café com leite) political cycle (coffee being the major product of São Paulo, and milk representing Minas Gerais' dairy industry, despite the latter also being an important coffee producer). Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
was also home to two of the most influential Brazilian politicians of the second half of the 20th century. Juscelino Kubitschek was president from 1956 to 1961, and he was responsible for the construction of Brasília
as the new capital of Brazil. Tancredo Neves had an extensive political career that culminated with his election in 1984 to be the first civil president after the 1964 military countercoup. However, he died after a series of health complications just as he was about to assume the position. Also, Itamar, Brazil's previous president, lived there, though he was not born in Minas. See also the List of Governors of Minas Gerais. Image gallery[edit]

Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto
and its colonial Portuguese architecture. 

Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
in 1865. 

Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Matozinhos
in Congonhas 

Ouro Preto 

São João del Rei 

Inconfidência Mineira 

Demographics[edit] According to the IBGE of 2008, there were 19,765,000 people residing in the state. The population density was 32.73 inhabitants per square kilometre (84.8/sq mi). Urbanization: 85% (2006); Population growth: 1.4% (1991–2000); Houses: 5,741,000 (2006).[10] The last PNAD (National Research for Sample of Domiciles) census revealed the following numbers: 9,091,000 White people (46%), 8,927,000 Brown (Multiracial) people (45%), 1,802,000 Black people (9%), 40,000 Asian people (0.2%), 37,000 Amerindian people (0.2%).[11] Ethnic groups found in Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
include: Amerindians, Portuguese, Africans, Italians, Germans and Lebanese. The ethnic composition of the population varies from town to town. For example, in Córrego do Bom Jesus, a small town located in the extreme south of Minas Gerais, White people make up 98.7% of the population.[12] The South of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is both the most European and the most densely populated part of the state. On the other hand, in Setubinha, located in the northeast part of the state, 71.8% are mixed-race and 14.7% Blacks.[12] It is historically explainable: southern Minas Gerais, in the border with São Paulo, received larger numbers of Portuguese farmers in colonial times. In the late 19th century, Italian immigrants also arrived. The north region, close to Bahia, was a place to the arrival of many African slaves since the 18th century. The central part of the state, where the capital Belo Horizonte is, has a more balanced ratio between Whites, Blacks and mixed people.

Downtown of Uberlândia, largest city in the state after Belo Horizonte.

Indians visiting a farm plantation in Minas Gerais, 1824

The population of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is the result of an intense mixture of peoples, particularly between Black Africans and Portuguese.[13] In colonial Minas Gerais, the population was divided in five different categories: Whites, mostly Portuguese; Africans, who often did not have a surname and were usually known for their region of origin (for example Francisca Benguela would refer to Benguela); Crioulos (Black people born in Brazil, usually to both African parents); Mulattoes (people of mixed Black and White ancestry, usually born to a Black mother and a Portuguese father) and Cabras (people of mixed ancestry, usually with high degree of Amerindian admixture). Blacks and Mulattoes predominated in the population after the beginning of the colonization.[13] By the 19th century, however, whites were already the largest single group in the Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
population.[14] Taking the population as a whole (all groups included), European genes account for the majority of the Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
genetic heritage, which has been explained on the basis of the extremely high mortality rates of the enslaved African population and lower reproductive rate of African slaves (the vast majority of them were males, among other reasons for their lower reproductive success)[14] The Amerindian population was hit hard by the diseases brought by the European colonists and they did not have much of an impact either, especially in Minas Gerais, where European presence and colonization was massive.[14] During the colonial period, the disproportion between the number of men and women was quite sharp. The census of 1738 in Serro
do Frio, which included Diamantina, revealed that of the 9,681 inhabitants, 83.5% were men and 16.5% women. Among the slaves, women were only 3.1%.[13] The number of free "women of color" (Blacks and Mulattoes) was very high. The same census revealed that 63% of the former slaves were women and only 37% men. Since interracial relationships between "women of color" and White men were widespread, the female slaves were more likely to be freed than the male slaves.[13] The monogamous family structure that the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
tried to deploy in colonial Brazil
was the exception in Minas Gerais. At that time cohabitation and temporary relationships predominated in Minas Gerais, as well as in Brazil
as a whole.[13] Monogamy and weddings in churches would only take root in Brazil
in the 19th century, fitting the moral standards imposed by the Church. The role of women in colonial Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
was much more dynamic than it would be allowed by the standards of the time. Many women used to live on their own, were heads of family and worked, particularly the "women of color" and former slaves.[13] The society of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
provided a great social mobility to former slaves, mainly for women. In Tejuco, the percentage of White males who were head of family (37.7%) was very similar to the percentage of Black women who were head of family (38.5%). Many former slaves were able to accumulate goods and many of them became slave owners as well. Some Blacks and mainly Mulattos were able to integrate themselves in the highest social stratum of the society of Minas Gerais, once restricted to Whites. This happened through a process of "whitening" their descendence and through the assimilation of the culture of the White elite, like being members of Catholic brotherhoods.[13] Cohabitation
was the most common crime in Minas Gerais. The Catholic Church was strict in the punishment of this crime, in order to prevent the widespread miscegenation between White, mostly Portuguese males with Black or Mulatto women.[13] According to a 2013 autosomal DNA study, the ancestral composition of the state of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
can be described as: 59,20% European, 28,90% African and 11,90% Native American [15] A genetic study (with a few samples and not covering the most populated part of the state, the South of Minas Gerais), suggested that the "Whites" from Minas Gerais would have slightly lower levels of European (at 71%) ancestry among the Brazilian regions and higher levels (at 16%) of African admixture, with significant Amerindian (13%) admixture, the European reference population in the study being 95% European, 2.8% Native American and 2.6% African, which would give an actual percentage of European ancestry of about 75% actual European ancestry, and less than 15% of each, Native American and African ancestries.[16] According to another study, however, the European ancestry is dominant throughout Brazil
at about 77%,[17] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
included (and this taking into account the whole of the population of Minas Gerais, "white", "pardos" and "blacks"). "A new portrayal of each ethnicity contribution to the DNA of Brazilians, obtained with samples from the five regions of the country, has indicated that, on average, European ancestors are responsible for nearly 80% of the genetic heritage of the population. The variation between the regions is small, with the possible exception of the South, where the European contribution reaches nearly 90%. The results, published by the scientific magazine American Journal of Human Biology by a team of the Catholic University of Brasília, show that, in Brazil, physical indicators such as skin colour, colour of the eyes and colour of the hair have little to do with the genetic ancestry of each person, which has been shown in previous studies".[18] During the time of the gold rush, the largest European immigration of the colonial period, to all of the Americas, took place, about 600,000 Portuguese immigrated to Brazil
during the gold rush, and most of them to Minas Gerais, the place where the gold rush activities took place.[19] Most of them came from Entre Douro e Minho, in Northern Portugal.[20] The reference book for a large number of these families is "Velhos Troncos Mineiros" (Old Mineiro Branches) by Raimundo Trindade. The Native American population of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
was estimated to be at 97,000 in 1500, by the time the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500 (John Hemming in "Red Gold: The Conquest of the Brazilian Indians"). Major cities[edit]


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Largest cities or towns in Minas Gerais (2011 census of Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística)[21]

Rank Name Mesoregion Pop. Rank Name Mesoregion Pop.

Belo Horizonte

Uberlândia 1 Belo Horizonte [[]] 2 385 639 11 Sete Lagoas [[]] 216 399


Juiz de Fora

2 Uberlândia [[]] 611 903 12 Divinópolis [[]] 215 246

3 Contagem [[]] 608 714 13 Santa Luzia [[]] 204 327

4 Juiz de Fora [[]] 520 810 14 Ibirité [[]] 160 943

5 Betim [[]] 383 570 15 Poços de Caldas [[]] 153 725

6 Montes Claros [[]] 366 134 16 Patos de Minas [[]] 139 848

7 Ribeirão das Neves [[]] 299 728 17 Teófilo Otoni [[]] 135 153

8 Uberaba [[]] 299 360 18 Pouso Alegre [[]] 132 445

9 Governador Valadares [[]] 264 960 19 Barbacena [[]] 127 217

10 Ipatinga [[]] 241 538 20 Sabará [[]] 127 096


Oscar Niemeyer's Church of São Francisco de Assis, in Pampulha.

Religion Percentage Number

Catholics 79% 14,091,479

Protestants 14% 2,437,186

No religion 4.6% 822,855

Spiritists 1.6% 284,336

Umbandists 0.1% 20,223

Source: IBGE 2000.[22] Economy[edit]

This satellite photograph illustrates the diverse agricultural landscape in the western part of Minas Gerais.

The service sector is the largest component of GDP
at 47.1%, followed by the industrial sector at 44.1%. agriculture represents 8.8% of GDP (2004). Main exports: mineral products 44.4%, metals 15.8%, vegetable products 13%, precious metals 5.5%, foodstuffs 4.9%, transportation 3.5% (2012).[23] Share of the Brazilian economy: 9% (2005). Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
(or simply Minas, as it is commonly called) is a major producer of milk, coffee and other agricultural commodities, as well as minerals. Electronics
are also produced in Minas. The automakers Fiat
and Mercedes-Benz
have factories there. Tourism
is also an important activity for the state: historical cities like Ouro Preto, Mariana, Sabará, Congonhas, Diamantina, Tiradentes, and Sao João del Rey, are a major attractive for visitors interested in their colonial architecture. Other cities, like Araxá, Poços de Caldas, Lambari, Caxambu, Lavras, and others, attract visitors interested in their mineral watersprings. Eco-tourism
is a rising economic activity in the state, specially in localities situated on the several Serras (highlands) that exist in Minas Gerais.

Governador Valadares
Governador Valadares

The state has marked economic divisions. The southern part of the state (close to the São Paulo
São Paulo
and Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
state borders) has several mid-sized cities with solid industrial bases such as Juiz de Fora, Varginha, Pouso Alegre, and Poços de Caldas, as well as Ipatinga
in the east of the state, which is also a modern and major industrial city and Itabira, considered mother city of mining company Vale, that has stocks quoted in Bovespa
and NYSE. The northeastern region is marked by poverty, but Governador Valadares[24] and Teófilo Otoni attract foreign traders for the semi-precious gems such as topaz and sapphire. The central region of the state (where the capital is located) has big reserves of iron (and to a lesser extent, gold) still being actively mined. There are also large companies installed the automotive industry, as manufacturers FIAT
in Betim, IVECO
in Sete Lagoas and suppliers of auto-parts, as STOLA and USIPARTS. The western part, the "Triângulo Mineiro", is less densely populated than the rest of the state, and it is now a focus of biotechnology investment, particularly on the cities of Uberlândia, Uberaba, Patos de Minas
Patos de Minas
and Araguari, which includes leading research on cattle, soy and corn culture. Communications[edit] As of April 2007, there are 11.3 million mobile phones and 4.2 million telephones in the country.[25] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
(MG) cities area phone codes (called DDD in Brazil) are from 31 to 38.[26] Education[edit] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is home to some of the best schools in the country, both at the secondary and higher levels. It is also the state that contains the largest number of Federal Universities, public universities maintained directly by the federal government. Educational institutions[edit]

Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais

Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais
Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais
(UEMG) (State University of Minas Gerais) Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
(UFMG) (Federal University of Minas Gerais) Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
(UFU) (Federal University of Uberlandia) Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) (Federal University of Lavras) Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto
Ouro Preto
(UFOP) (Federal University of Ouro Preto) Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Universidade Federal de Viçosa
(UFV) (Federal University of Viçosa) Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Juiz de Fora
(UFJF) (Federal University of Juiz de Fora) Universidade Federal de Itajuba
Universidade Federal de Itajuba
(Unifei) (Federal University of Itajuba) Universidade Federal de São João del Rei
São João del Rei
(UFSJ) (Federal University of São João del Rei) Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM) (Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro) Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha
e Mucuri (UFVJM) (Federal University of Jequitinhonha
and Murici Valleys) Universidade Federal de Alfenas (Unifal-MG) (Federal University of Alfenas) Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais
Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais
(CEFET-MG) (Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais) Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais
(PUC-MG) (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais) Faculdade de Ciências Medicas de Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
(FCMMG) (Minas Gerais' School of Medical Sciences) Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros
Montes Claros
(Unimontes) (State University of Montes Claros) Escola Preparatória de Cadetes do Ar (EPCAr) (Preparatory School for Air Cadets) Colégio Técnico/UFMG (Coltec) Colégio Aplicação/UFV Colégio Militar de Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
(CMBH) ( Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
Military School)


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churches in Mariana.

Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
may be called Deep Brazil
by analogy with France profonde. It has a distinctly more native flavour than cosmopolitan São Paulo, a more traditional slant than flashy Rio de Janeiro, and is more Portuguese than the South and São Paulo
São Paulo
with their great influx of Italians and other Central Europeans, the North with its Native Americans, or the Northeast with its heavy Afro-Brazilian influence. People[edit] Those born and raised in Minas Gerais, also called Mineiros, bear an unmistakable accent that sets them apart from fellow Brazilians, although people born in different regions of the state bear slightly different accents, some resembling those of neighboring states, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
and Bahia. They are considered reserved, prudent, relatively silent to the point of melancholy but welcoming and family-focused. It is one of the most religious states, with a large proportion of staunch Roman Catholics and a burgeoning Evangelical and neo-Pentecostal population, with pockets of African religions. The Spiritist doctrine
Spiritist doctrine
is also professed by a significant portion of the population, partly due to the influence of Chico Xavier, the main spiritual icon of Brazil, who lived in Minas Gerais all his life. Cuisine[edit] Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is known nationally for its cuisine. The cultural basis of its cuisine is the small farmhouse, and many of the dishes are prepared using locally produced vegetables and meats, especially chicken and pork. Traditional cooking is done using coal- or wood-fired ovens and cast iron pans, making for a particularly tasty flavor; some restaurant chains have adopted these techniques and made this type of food popular in other parts of the country. Many of the cakes and appetizers of the local cuisine use corn or cassava (known there as mandioca) flour instead of wheat, as the latter did not adapt well to the local weather. The best-known dish from Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is "pão de queijo", a small baked roll (known internationally as "Brazilian cheese rolls") made with cheese and cassava flour that can be served hot as an appetizer or for breakfast. The state is also Brazil's most traditional producer of cheese. Minas cheese is renowned nationwide as the distinct Brazilian cheese. Cachaça
is also a local produce of some importance. The state cuisine is showcased in various festivals year round and in many locations throughout the state, but the biggest festival is the month-long Comida de Buteco in Belo Horizonte, where 41 bars and restaurant are selected to create a dish using ingredients traditional to local cuisine. People from all over the country and abroad rate the food, the temperature of the beer, the ambiance and service. In 2007, over 400,000 people participated in the festival according to Vox Populi statistics. Museums[edit]

Yayoi Kusama at the Inhotim
in Brumadinho

Mariano Procópio Museum, in Juiz de Fora, and Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, in Brumadinho, are among the most important cultural institutions. Music[edit] Music is one of the most striking features of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
and has been part of the history of the state since the early 16th and 17th centuries. From the 18th century, composers including Jose Joaquim Lobo de Mesquita, Francisco Gomes da Rocha, Marcos Coelho Neto and Manoel de Oliveira Dias reinforced the musical tradition of Minas with the composition of baroque pieces that are now revered as masterpieces. For classical music, the state features productions and performances of various orchestras and choirs. Among them there are the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
and the Coral Lírico de Minas Gerais, a State Choir, maintained by Clovis Salgado Foundation, an institution linked to the Secretary of State for Culture. These and other groups have a strong presence in the capital and throughout the state, working for the popularization and democratization of classical music. One of the most prolific contemporary composers was born in Minas Gerais, Prof. Dr. Andersen Viana, which music has been recognized most frequently abroad. The most varied rhythms and sounds have their origins in the state. Ary Barroso, who in 1939 composed one of Brazil's best known songs throughout the world, Aquarela do Brasil, was born in Ubá, in the Zona da Mata Mineira. In the 1960s and 70s streets in the traditional neighborhood of Santa Tereza, Belo Horizonte, were the scene of one of the most important movements of national music: Clube da Esquina. With a unique blend of Brazilian popular music with pop and jazz, the Club was met with talents like Milton Nascimento, Wagner Tiso, Toninho Horta, Fernando Brant, Lô Borges, Beto Guedes, and Flávio Venturini. In the 1980s and 90s a scene of Heavy Metal
bands has been held in Belo Horizonte. It's the origin of important Brazilian bands of this genre, many of them are known worldwide, such as Sepultura, Sarcófago, Overdose, Mutilator, Holocausto and Chakal. The current scenario continues reflecting the vibrancy and dynamism of its culture. A new generation of artists is represented by names like Skank, Pato Fu, Jota Quest, Vander Lee, Uakti, Marina Machado, Maurício Tizumba, Berimbrown, Copo Lagoinha and Amaranto. Moving freely through different rhythms like rock, reggae, heavy metal, samba and MPB, among others, the music in Minas Gerais continues the excellence and diversity that has always been a staple in the country. The important International Festival of Colonial Brazilian Music and Ancient Music takes place in Juiz de Fora
Juiz de Fora
since 1989. Brazil's most prestigious dance company, Grupo Corpo is also from Minas Gerais, having its headquarters in Belo Horizonte. Famous personalities[edit] Many famous Brazilian writers were born in Minas Gerais: Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Fernando Sabino, Pedro Nava, Murilo Mendes
Murilo Mendes
and João Guimarães Rosa. Aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont
Alberto Santos-Dumont
was born in Minas Gerais, as well as various politicians, such as Presidents Afonso Pena, Venceslau Brás, Delfim Moreira, Artur Bernardes, Juscelino Kubitschek, Tancredo Neves
Tancredo Neves
and Dilma Rousseff. Former president Itamar Franco
Itamar Franco
is usually included in lists of presidents born in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, but he was actually born prematurely in a ship travelling in the Atlantic Ocean. Minas Gerais is often recognized abroad as the state where the footballer Pelé
was born (he has lived in the state of São Paulo
São Paulo
since childhood, though). Infrastructure[edit] International Airport[edit] Tancredo Neves
Tancredo Neves
International Airport
is located in the municipalities of Lagoa Santa and Confins, 38 km (23 mi) from Belo Horizonte, and was opened in January 1984. It was planned from the start for future expansion in steps to meet growing demand. The airport has one of the lowest rates of shutdown for bad weather in the country. However, the Confins
airport was not using much of its capacity until 2005, when it was decided that a large part of the Pampulha Airport
flights (which is smaller and located inside Belo Horizonte's urban area) would move to Confins. The first step was undertaken with careful concern for the environment, including monitoring by specialized consultants, since the region has a rich archeological heritage. Among the hundreds of caverns in the region, the one at Lapa Vermelha stands out. Located 2.7 km (1.6 mi) from the airport, the oldest female cranium in the Americans was discovered there, dated at roughly 12 thousand years old. Confins
is certified by the ISO 9001
ISO 9001
standard, covering ten processes in the administrative, operational, safety/security and maintenance areas. The Tancredo Neves
Tancredo Neves
International Airport
is currently the fifth busiest airport in the country, after Guarulhos, Congonhas, Brasília and Galeão. It is a main hub for Azul. In addition to direct flights to over 40 destinations in Brazil, it also has regular scheduled international services to Buenos Aires, Panama City, Miami
and Lisbon. In 2014 the airport was auctioned to the private sector. Renovations were concluded in 2016. A new terminal was built with 17 new jetways, increasing the airport's capacity to 22 million passengers a year and the runway is undergoing expansion. A new runway is planned to be built by 2020. Administrative Center/ Cidade Administrativa de Minas Gerais[edit]

Palácio Tiradentes, the seat of government of Minas Gerais

A new Administrative Center was completed in March 2010, for the state of Minas Gerais. Designed by the internationally renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, the center consists of four large buildings on an 800,000 square meter site. Two buildings accommodate 17 of the state ministries, the third building consists of an auditorium, with capacity for 540 guests. The fourth and most impressive building is the "Palacio do Governo", which is the world's largest suspended structure, built in reinforced concrete. The building has a 150m span and its roof is supported by 4 columns. Highways[edit]

Fernão Dias highway

Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is the Brazilian state that harbors the highest mileage of highways. The state highway network is 269,545 kilometers, of which only 11,396 on federal roads and 21,472 on state highways and state coincide, corresponding to all other municipal roads. Because of its central position, the state is crossed by the most important national highways, like BR-116
(Rio-Bahia), BR-040
(Rio-Brasília) and others. Many of the most important Brazilian routes cross the state and, for this reason, it counts the greater proportion of car accidents per capita. BR-122, BR-040, BR-135, BR-146, BR-251, BR-259, BR-265, BR-265, BR-265, BR-265, BR-267, BR-352, BR-354, BR-356, BR-356, BR-364, BR-367, BR-367, BR-367, BR-381, BR-381, BR-383, BR-383, BR-393, BR-459, BR-462, BR-464, BR-491. Sports[edit]

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As in the rest of Brazil, football is the most popular sport among locals. Pelé, widely considered the best footballer of all time, was born in the Minas city of Três Corações.[27] Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
is home to two of the most successful teams in the country, and the city also has one of the biggest football stadiums in the world, the Mineirão, opened in 1965. Reopened after renovations in 2013, Mineirão
was chosen as one of the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and also the soccer tournament of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[28] Another stadium in Belo Horizonte, Independência Stadium, was one of the venues of the 1950 FIFA World Cup,[29] where it hosted a legendary upset of the United States team over England.[30] The biggest teams of Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
and Minas as a whole are Atlético Mineiro, founded in 1908 and nicknamed "Galo" (rooster) after its mascot, and Cruzeiro, founded in 1921 as "Palestra Itália" by the members of the local Italian community - but renamed in the 1940s as the government of Getúlio Vargas
Getúlio Vargas
forbid mentions to the Axis powers. Atlético won one edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
in 1971, two CONMEBOL Cups (the predecessor of the current Copa Sudamericana), is the biggest winner of the State Championship with 41 titles, one title of the Libertadores
Cup Champion in 2013 and one Copa do Brasil title in 2014. Cruzeiro won 36 state championships, won four times the Brazilian Championship, defeating Pelé's Santos in the 1966 Taça Brasil, the 2003 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
(which combined with a state championship and a Brazilian Cup in the same year lead to a treble named by Cruzeiro as "Triple Crown"), won the 2013 and 2014 national league. Cruzeiro has been one of Brazil's most successful clubs since the 1960s, being elected the most successful Brazilian team of the 20th century by IFFHS. Its titles include 4 editions of the Brazilian Cup, 4 Brazilian Championships and 2 Copa Libertadores
in 1976 and 1997. Cruzeiro is one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated in the National League, while Atlético missed the 2006 edition, following a relegation in the previous year (2005). Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
is also home to América Mineiro, founded in 1912 current owner of Independência and considered the third force of the state. While the team's struggles combined with the popularization of Atlético and Cruzeiro reduced América's supporters, the team has won both the second and third levels of the Brazilian Championship, the Sul-Minas Cup in 2000, and 16 state championships, including a record dynasty of ten tournaments between 1916 and 1925.[31] Both Villa Nova of Nova Lima
Nova Lima
and Betim
Esporte Clube (when it was known as Ipatinga Futebol Clube) have won the state championship and been in Série A of the Brazilian league. Besides football, Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte
has one of the largest attendances at volleyball matches in the whole country. Multisport club Minas Tênis Clube had its male and female teams win the Brazilian Superleague of Volleyball, with Contagem-based Sada Cruzeiro also winning the male tournament. Sada-Cruzeiro also won the FIVB World Club Championship two times in last 3 years, being one of the most successful volleyball team in the world. The Brazil
national volleyball team has had some of its highest attendance numbers at Mineirinho, an arena located near the Mineirão
stadium.[32] On basketball, both Minas and Uberlândia's Uberlândia
Tênis Clube are in the national tournament. Flag[edit] The flag of the state of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
is the oldest one adopted in Brazil
that was devised by Brazilians. It was remembered by the Republican Party, which opposed the Brazilian Imperial Government, and adopted unofficially as the flag of the state. It has been the official state flag since 1963.[33]

Belo Horizonte

The flag's Latin inscription, "Libertas quæ sera tamen", means "Freedom albeit late", and was the motto of the Inconfidência Mineira, which fought for Minas' independence from Portugal in the 18th century. The phrase was taken from Virgil's Eclogues, Eclogue 1. The triangle is said to represent God as a Trinity,[33] and the three ideals of the French Revolution: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. The colors were chosen for their revolutionary meaning: white represents the desire to forming a peaceful nation, discarding all colonial institutions, and red symbolises the flame of liberty and/or the blood of Inconfidencia martyrs, such as Tiradentes, or "The Dentist" revolutionary. Cities[edit] Main article: List of municipalities in Minas Gerais In spite of not being the largest state of Brazil
and ranking second in population, Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
has the largest number of cities. Of the more than 5,500 municipalities in the country, Minas has 853 of them, a fact explained by the number of inhabitants and by the vast territory, comparable in area to Madagascar
and larger than Metropolitan France. The most notable cities are: the capital Belo Horizonte, Contagem, Betim, Juiz de Fora, Varginha, Muriae, Montes Claros, Uberlândia, Governador Valadares, Ipatinga, Ouro Preto, Sete Lagoas, Uberaba, Araxá, Patos de Minas, Divinópolis, Barbacena, Pouso Alegre, Conselheiro Lafaiete, Mariana, Poços de Caldas, São João del Rei and Viçosa. References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Minas Gerais.

(in Portuguese) Page of the Government of Minas Gerais (in Portuguese) Page of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais (in Portuguese) EncontraMG - Page of Minas Gerais

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Municipalities of Minas Gerais

Capital: Belo Horizonte

Mesoregion Campo das Vertentes


Alfredo Vasconcelos Antônio Carlos Barbacena Barroso Capela Nova Caranaíba Carandaí Desterro do Melo Ibertioga Ressaquinha Santa Bárbara do Tugúrio Senhora dos Remédios


Carrancas Ijaci Ingaí Itumirim Itutinga Lavras Luminárias Nepomuceno Ribeirão Vermelho

São João del Rei

Conceição da Barra de Minas Coronel Xavier Chaves Dores de Campos Lagoa Dourada Madre de Deus de Minas Nazareno Piedade do Rio Grande Prados Resende Costa Ritápolis Santa Cruz de Minas Santana do Garambéu São João del Rei São Tiago Tiradentes

Mesoregion Central Mineira

Bom Despacho

Araújos Bom Despacho Dores do Indaiá Estrela do Indaiá Japaraíba Lagoa da Prata Leandro Ferreira Luz Martinho Campos Moema Quartel Geral Serra da Saudade


Augusto de Lima Buenópolis Corinto Curvelo Felixlândia Inimutaba Joaquim Felício Monjolos Morro da Garça Presidente Juscelino Santo Hipólito

Três Marias

Abaeté Biquinhas Cedro do Abaeté Morada Nova de Minas Paineiras Pompéu Três Marias

Mesoregion Jequitinhonha


Almenara Bandeira Divisópolis Felisburgo Jacinto Jequitinhonha Joaíma Jordânia Mata Verde Monte Formoso Palmópolis Rio do Prado Rubim Salto da Divisa Santa Maria do Salto Santo Antônio do Jacinto


Araçuaí Caraí Coronel Murta Itinga Novo Cruzeiro Padre Paraíso Ponto dos Volantes Virgem da Lapa


Angelândia Aricanduva Berilo Capelinha Carbonita Chapada do Norte Francisco Badaró Itamarandiba Jenipapo de Minas José Gonçalves de Minas Leme do Prado Minas Novas Turmalina Veredinha


Couto de Magalhaes de Minas Datas Diamantina Felício dos Santos Gouveia Presidente Kubitschek São Gonçalo do Rio Preto Senador Modestino Gonçalves

Pedra Azul

Cachoeira de Pajeú Comercinho Itaobim Medina Pedra Azul

Mesoregion Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte

Belo Horizonte Betim Brumadinho Caeté Confins Contagem Esmeraldas Ibirité Igarapé Juatuba Lagoa Santa Mário Campos Mateus Leme Nova Lima Pedro Leopoldo Raposos Ribeirão das Neves Rio Acima Sabará Santa Luzia São Joaquim de Bicas São José da Lapa Sarzedo Vespasiano

Conceição do Mato Dentro

Alvorada de Minas Conceição do Mato Dentro Congonhas
do Norte Dom Joaquim Itambé do Mato Dentro Morro do Pilar Passabém Rio Vermelho Santo Antônio do Itambé Santo Antônio do Rio Abaixo São Sebastião do Rio Preto Serra Azul de Minas Serro

Conselheiro Lafaiete

Casa Grande Catas Altas
Catas Altas
da Noruega Congonhas Conselheiro Lafaiete Cristiano Otoni Desterro de Entre Rios Entre Rios de Minas Itaverava Ouro Branco Queluzito Santana dos Montes São Brás do Suaçuí


Alvinópolis Barão de Cocais Bela Vista de Minas Bom Jesus do Amparo Catas Altas Dionísio Ferros Itabira João Monlevade Nova Era Nova União Rio Piracicaba Santa Bárbara Santa Maria de Itabira São Domingos do Prata São Gonçalo do Rio Abaixo São José do Goiabal Taquaraçu de Minas


Belo Vale Bonfim Crucilândia Itaguara Itatiaiuçu Jeceaba Moeda Piedade dos Gerais Rio Manso

Ouro Preto

Diogo de Vasconcelos Itabirito Mariana Ouro Preto

de Minas

Florestal Onça de Pitangui Pará
de Minas Pitangui São José da Varginha

Sete Lagoas

Araçaí Baldim Cachoeira da Prata Caetanópolis Capim Branco Cordisburgo Fortuna de Minas Funilândia Inhaúma Jaboticatubas Jequitibá Maravilhas Matozinhos Papagaios Paraopeba Pequi Prudente de Morais Santana de Pirapama Santana do Riacho Sete Lagoas

Mesoregion Noroeste de Minas


Brasilândia de Minas Guarda-Mor João Pinheiro Lagamar Lagoa Grande Paracatu Presidente Olegário São Gonçalo do Abaeté Varjão de Minas Vazante


Arinos Bonfinópolis de Minas Buritis Cabeceira Grande Dom Bosco Formoso Natalândia Unaí Uruana de Minas

Mesoregion Norte de Minas


Bocaiúva Engenheiro Navarro Francisco Dumont Guaraciama Olhos-d'Água

Grão Mogol

Botumirim Cristália Grão Mogol Itacambira Josenópolis Padre Carvalho


Catuti Espinosa Gameleiras Jaíba Janaúba Mamonas Mato Verde Monte Azul Nova Porteirinha Pai Pedro Porteirinha Riacho dos Machados Serranópolis de Minas


Bonito de Minas Chapada Gaúcha Cônego Marinho Icaraí de Minas Itacarambi Januária Juvenília Manga Matias Cardoso Miravânia Montalvânia Pedras de Maria da Cruz Pintópolis São Francisco São João das Missões Urucuia

Montes Claros

de Minas Campo Azul Capitão Enéas Claro dos Poções Coração de Jesus Francisco Sá Glaucilândia Ibiracatu Japonvar Juramento Lontra Luislândia Mirabela Montes Claros Patis Ponto Chique São João da Lagoa São João da Ponte São João do Pacuí Ubaí Varzelândia Verdelândia


Buritizeiro Ibiaí Jequitaí Lagoa dos Patos Lassance Pirapora Riachinho Santa Fé de Minas São Romão Várzea da Palma


Águas Vermelhas Berizal Curral de Dentro Divisa Alegre Fruta de Leite Indaiabira Montezuma Ninheira Novorizonte Rio Pardo de Minas Rubelita Salinas Santa Cruz de Salinas Santo Antônio do Retiro São João do Paraíso Taiobeiras Vargem Grande do Rio Pardo

Mesoregion Oeste de Minas

Campo Belo

Aguanil Campo Belo Cana Verde Candeias Cristais Perdões Santana do Jacaré


Carmo do Cajuru Cláudio Conceição do Pará Divinópolis Igaratinga Itaúna Nova Serrana Perdigão Santo Antônio do Monte São Gonçalo do Pará São Sebastião do Oeste


Arcos Camacho Córrego Fundo Formiga Itapecerica Pains Pedra do Indaiá Pimenta


Bom Sucesso Carmo da Mata Carmópolis de Minas Ibituruna Oliveira Passa Tempo Piracema Santo Antônio do Amparo São Francisco de Paula


Bambuí Córrego Danta Doresópolis Iguatama Medeiros Piumhi São Roque de Minas Tapiraí Vargem Bonita

Mesoregion Sudoeste de Minas


Alfenas Alterosa Areado Carmo do Rio Claro Carvalhópolis Conceição da Aparecida Divisa Nova Fama Machado Paraguaçu Poço Fundo Serrania


Aiuruoca Andrelândia Arantina Bocaina de Minas Bom Jardim de Minas Carvalhos Cruzília Liberdade Minduri Passa-Vinte São Vicente de Minas Seritinga Serranos


Brasópolis Consolação Cristina Delfim Moreira Dom Viçoso Itajubá Maria da Fé Marmelópolis Paraisópolis Piranguçu Piranguinho Virgínia Wenceslau Braz


Alpinópolis Bom Jesus da Penha Capetinga Capitólio Cássia Claraval Delfinópolis Fortaleza
de Minas Ibiraci Itaú de Minas Passos Pratápolis São João Batista do Glória São José da Barra

Poços de Caldas

Albertina Andradas Bandeira do Sul Botelhos Caldas Campestre Ibitiúra de Minas Inconfidentes Jacutinga Monte Sião Ouro Fino Poços de Caldas Santa Rita de Caldas

Pouso Alegre

Bom Repouso Borda da Mata Bueno Brandão Camanducaia Cambuí Congonhal Córrego do Bom Jesus Espírito Santo
Espírito Santo
do Dourado Estiva Extrema Gonçalves Ipuiúna Itapeva Munhoz Pouso Alegre Sapucaí-Mirim Senador Amaral Senador José Bento Tocos do Moji Toledo

Santa Rita do Sapucaí

Cachoeira de Minas Careaçu Conceição das Pedras Conceição dos Ouros Cordislândia Heliodora Natércia Pedralva Santa Rita do Sapucaí São Gonçalo do Sapucaí São João da Mata São José do Alegre São Sebastião da Bela Vista Silvianópolis Turvolândia

São Lourenco

Alagoa Baependi Cambuquira Carmo de Minas Caxambu Conceição do Rio Verde Itamonte Itanhandu Jesuânia Lambari Olímpio Noronha Passa Quatro Pouso Alto São Lourenço São Sebastião do Rio Verde Soledade de Minas

São Sebastiao do Paraíso

Arceburgo Cabo Verde Guaranesia Guaxupé Itamogi Jacuí Juruaia Monte Belo Monte Santo de Minas Muzambinho Nova Resende São Pedro da União São Sebastião do Paraíso São Tomás de Aquino


Boa Esperança Campanha Campo do Meio Campos Gerais Carmo da Cachoeira Coqueiral Elói Mendes Guapé Ilicínea Monsenhor Paulo Santana da Vargem São Bento Abade São Thomé das Letras Três Corações Três Pontas Varginha

Mesoregion Triângulo Mineiro/Alto Paranaiba


Araxá Campos Altos Ibiá Nova Ponte Pedrinópolis Perdizes Pratinha Sacramento Santa Juliana Tapira


Campina Verde Carneirinho Comendador Gomes Fronteira Frutal Itapagipe Iturama Limeira do Oeste Pirajuba Planura São Francisco de Sales União de Minas


Cachoeira Dourada Capinópolis Gurinhatã Ipiaçu Ituiutaba Santa Vitória

Patos de Minas

Arapuá Carmo do Paranaíba Guimarânia Lagoa Formosa Matutina Patos de Minas Rio Paranaíba Santa Rosa da Serra São Gotardo Tiros


Abadia dos Dourados Coromandel Cruzeiro da Fortaleza Douradoquara Estrela do Sul Grupiara Iraí de Minas Monte Carmelo Patrocínio Romaria Serra do Salitre


Água Comprida Campo Florido Conceição das Alagoas Conquista Delta Uberaba Veríssimo


Araguari Araporã Canápolis Cascalho Rico Centralina Indianópolis Monte Alegre de Minas Prata Tupaciguara Uberlândia

Mesoregion Vale do Mucuri


Águas Formosas Bertópolis Carlos Chagas Crisólita Fronteira dos Vales Machacalis Nanuque Santa Helena de Minas Serra dos Aimorés Umburatiba

Teófilo Otoni

Ataléia Catuji Franciscópolis Frei Gaspar Itaipé Ladainha Malacacheta Novo Oriente de Minas Ouro Verde de Minas Pavão Poté Setubinha Teófilo Otoni

Mesoregion Zona da Mata


Além Paraíba Argirita Cataguases Dona Eusébia Estrela Dalva Itamarati de Minas Laranjal Leopoldina Palma Pirapetinga Recreio Santana de Cataguases Santo Antônio do Aventureiro Volta Grande

Juiz de Fora

Aracitaba Belmiro Braga Bias Fortes Bicas Chácara Chiador Coronel Pacheco Descoberto Ewbank da Câmara Goianá Guarará Juiz de Fora Lima Duarte Mar de Espanha Maripá de Minas Matias Barbosa Olaria Oliveira Fortes Paiva Pedro Teixeira Pequeri Piau Rio Novo Rio Preto Rochedo de Minas Santa Bárbara do Monte Verde Santa Rita de Ibitipoca Santa Rita de Jacutinga Santana do Deserto Santos Dumont São João Nepomuceno Senador Cortes Simão Pereira


Abre Campo Alto Caparaó Alto Jequitibá Caparaó Caputira Chalé Durandé Lajinha Luisburgo Manhuaçu Manhumirim Martins Soares Matipó Pedra Bonita Reduto Santa Margarida Santana do Manhuaçu São João do Manhuaçu São José do Mantimento Simonésia


Antônio Prado de Minas Barão de Monte Alto Caiana Carangola Divino Espera Feliz Eugenópolis Faria Lemos Fervedouro Miradouro Miraí Muriaé Orizânia Patrocínio
do Muriaé Pedra Dourada Rosário da Limeira São Francisco do Glória São Sebastião da Vargem Alegre Tombos Vieiras

Ponte Nova

Acaiaca Barra Longa Dom Silvério Guaraciaba Jequeri Oratórios Piedade de Ponte Nova Ponte Nova Raul Soares Rio Casca Rio Doce Santa Cruz do Escalvado Santo Antônio do Grama São Pedro dos Ferros Sem-Peixe Sericita Urucânia Vermelho Novo


Astolfo Dutra Divinésia Dores do Turvo Guarani Guidoval Guiricema Mercês Piraúba Rio Pomba Rodeiro São Geraldo Senador Firmino Silveirânia Tabuleiro Tocantins Ubá Visconde do Rio Branco


Alto Rio Doce Amparo do Serra Araponga Brás Pires Cajuri Canaã Cipotânea Coimbra Ervália Lamim Paula Cândido Pedra do Anta Piranga Porto Firme Presidente Bernardes Rio Espera São Miguel do Anta Senhora de Oliveira Teixeiras Viçosa

Mesoregion Vale do Rio Doce


Aimorés Alvarenga Conceição de Ipanema Conselheiro Pena Cuparaque Goiabeira Ipanema Itueta Mutum Pocrane Resplendor Santa Rita do Itueto Taparuba


Bom Jesus do Galho Bugre Caratinga Córrego Novo Dom Cavati Entre Folhas Iapu Imbé de Minas Inhapim Ipaba Piedade de Caratinga Pingo-d'Água Santa Bárbara do Leste Santa Rita de Minas São Domingos das Dores São João do Oriente São Sebastião do Anta Tarumirim Ubaporanga Vargem Alegre

Governador Valadares

Alpercata Campanário Capitão Andrade Coroaci Divino das Laranjeiras Engenheiro Caldas Fernandes Tourinho Frei Inocêncio Galiléia Governador Valadares Itambacuri Itanhomi Jampruca Marilac Mathias Lobato Nacip Raydan Nova Módica Pescador São Geraldo da Piedade São Geraldo do Baixio São José da Safira São José do Divino Sobrália Tumiritinga Virgolândia


Braúnas Carmésia Coluna Divinolândia de Minas Dores de Guanhães Gonzaga Guanhães Materlândia Paulistas Sabinópolis Santa Efigênia de Minas São João Evangelista Sardoá Senhora do Porto Virginópolis


Açucena Antônio Dias Belo Oriente Coronel Fabriciano Ipatinga Jaguaraçu Joanésia Marliéria Mesquita Naque Periquito Santana do Paraíso Timóteo


Central de Minas Itabirinha Mantena Mendes Pimentel Nova Belém São Félix de Minas São João do Manteninha


Água Boa Cantagalo Frei Lagonegro José Raydan Peçanha Santa Maria do Suaçuí São José do Jacuri São Pedro do Suaçuí São Sebastião do Maranhão

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