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Area: 199,709 km2
Important cities:Londrina, Maringá, Ponta Grossa, Foz do Iguaçu e Cascavel
Economy: industry, agriculture, lumber
Climate in Curitiba, Paraná
Important newspapers: Gazeta do Povo ; Gazeta do Parana
One of the three Brazilian states which lie below the Tropical line.
Paraná saw a very brief gold rush in the early 1700s, which soon finished when gold was found in Minas Gerais.
Thanks to the climate and the very fertile lands, the first economic cycle of the state was cattle breeding; in the second half of century 19, agriculture thrived, first with a modest tea-matte culture, then with extensive coffee farms.
The provincial government stimulated a migratory wave; Germans, Italians, Poles and Ukranians were invited to establish in the state, with subsides. Imigrants adapted easily to the colder climate, and agriculture saw a boom in the 20th century.
The capital, Curitiba, is modern and vanguardist. The urbanization was planified, with several award winning projects.
Travel to Paraná Culture and tourism information about the State of Paraná.
Tourism in Foz do Iguacu How foreigner travellers evaluate the city.
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