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Frederico Westphalen

Frederico Westphalen, Rio Grande do Sul

Coordinates: 27°22′00″S 53°24′00″W / 27.36667°S 53.40000°W / -27.36667; -53.40000{{#coordinates:27|22|00|S|53|24|00|W|type:city(26716)_region:BR | |name=

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Country 23x15px Brazil
Region South
State 23x15px Rio Grande do Sul
Founded December 6, 1956
Area
 • Total 264.5 km2 (102.1 sq mi)
Elevation 522 m (1,713 ft)
Population (2004)
 • Total 26,716
Time zone UTC-3 (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-2 (UTC-2)

Frederico Westphalen is a southern Brazilian city located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

History

The colonization of the Alto Uruguay region began in 1905. The first inhabitants were attracted by the natural resources of the region, specially suited for hunting purposes. In 1919 the first access road was created to connect the city with the neighbor city of Iraí. The city was officially created in December the 12th, 1954. The majority of the population descends from Italian immigrants.

Economy

The economy of the region is based on the food processing industries, furniture industries and agriculture.

Neighbor cities

Frederico Westphalen has frontiers with the cities of Iraí, Vicente Dutra, Caiçara, Vista Alegre, Taquaruçu do Sul, Seberi, Cristal do Sul and Ametista do Sul.

Access

Two roads give access to the city: BR-386 and RS-150

Media

The city has two local newspapers, one called O Alto Uruguai and other called Folha do Noroeste, and two radio stations, Rádio Luz e Alegria and Rádio Comunitária.

Climate

The climate is Sub-tropical with two well defined seasons: Summer (October to April) and Winter (May to September).

Universities and colleges

Frederico Westphalen has one university: URI - Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguay e Missões - University Website, and an extension of the UFSM, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, the CESNORS (Centro de Educação Superior Norte do Rio Grande do Sul).

Schools

There are six schools on the city: Colégio Agrícola (technical school), Colégio Nossa Sra. Auxiliadora, Colégio Estadual José Cannelas, Escola de Educação Básica Sepé Tiaraju, Escola Afonso Pena and Escola Cardeal Roncalli.

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