A German Brazilian is a Brazilian person of ethnic German ancestry or origin. German Brazilians live mostly in the country's South Region, with lesser but still significant degree in the Southeast Region. German dialects together make up the second most spoken first language in Brazil after Portuguese. A few Brazilian municipalities have Brazilian Hunsrückisch and Germanic Pomeranian as co-official with Portuguese. They are located in Southern Brazil and Espírito Santo. According to a 2000 research, there were 5 million people of German descent living in Brazil. Brazil is home to the second largest German-Austrian population outside their respective nations, after the USA.
Between 1824 and 1972, about 260,000 Germans settled in Brazil; the fifth largest nationality to immigrate to Brazil, after the Portuguese, the Italians, the Spaniards, and the Japanese.
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