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Founded in 1693 as a gold-mining camp, CURITIBA was of little importance until 1853 when it was made capital of Paraná. Since then, the city's population has steadily risen from a few thousand, reaching 140,000 in 1940 and some 1.8 million today. It's said that Curitiba is barely a Brazilian city at all, a view that has some basis. The inhabitants are largely descendants of Polish, German, Italian and other immigrants who settled in Curitiba and in surrounding villages that have since been engulfed by the expanding metropolis. On average, curitibanos enjoy Brazil's highest standard of …
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