Horizontina

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Horizontina
Municipality
The College of Cristo Rey
The College of Cristo Rey
Official seal of Horizontina
Seal
Horizontina is located in Brazil
Horizontina
Horizontina
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 27°37′33″S 54°18′28″W / 27.62583°S 54.30778°W / -27.62583; -54.30778Coordinates: 27°37′33″S 54°18′28″W / 27.62583°S 54.30778°W / -27.62583; -54.30778
Country  Brazil
Region South
State Rio Grande do Sul
Founded 12 January 1616
Government
 • Mayor Irineu Colato
Area
 • Total 229 km2 (88 sq mi)
Elevation 343 m (1,125 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 18,350
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)

Horizontina (Portuguese pronunciation: ['oɾizõtʃinɐ]) is a municipality and a city in Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil, with 18,350 inhabitants in 2010. The first settlers were German, Italian and Polish immigrants who arrived in the region in 1927, though the city was created only in 1955. Nowadays, most of the inhabitants are of German-Brazilian descent.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen was raised in Horizontina.

Regional language[edit]

Riograndenser Hunsrückisch is a regional language and as such an integral part of the history of many municipalities throughout the state of Rio Grande do Sul since pioneer days, including Horizontina.