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Centro-Sul (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌsẽtɾuˈsuw], South-Central) is the name given to the Southeastern, Southern and Central-West regions of Brazil (see Brazil Regional Division), excluding the north of Minas Gerais and most of Mato Grosso and along with some of Tocantins.
In this region live around 135 million of Brazilians. The most remarkable characteristics of the region is the human domination over the nature: Only ~5% of the native vegetation is left. Other very strong characteristic is populational and economic: most industries are concentrated in the area and responsible for ~75% of the national GDP. The vast majority of the population (+90%) is of mostly European ancestry, and nearly half of the population self-identify as White Brazilian.
The region also is characterized by having a high standard of living (HDI of ~0.850, in average), where social problems are less problematic than in other regions (at least, in rural and small-medium sized cities).