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|State of Paraná|
|— State —|
|Capital and Largest City||Curitiba|
|• Governor||Beto Richa|
|• Vice Governor||Flávio Arns (PSDB)|
|• Total||199,314.9 km2 (76,955.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||52/km2 ( 130/sq mi)|
|• Year||2006 estimate|
|• Total||R$ 136,681,000,000 (5th)|
|• Per capita||R$ 13,158 (7th)|
|• Category||0.823 – high (7th)|
|Time zone||BRT (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||BRST (UTC-2)|
|Postal Code||80000-000 to 86990-000|
|ISO 3166 code||BR-PR|
Paraná (Portuguese pronunciation: [paɾaˈna]) is one of the 26 states of Brazil, located in the South of the country, bordered on the north by São Paulo state, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Santa Catarina state and the Misiones Province of Argentina, and on the west by Mato Grosso do Sul and the republic of Paraguay, with the Paraná River as its western boundary line. Cut by the Tropic of Capricorn, Paraná has what is left of the araucaria forest, one of the most important subtropical forests in the world. At the border with Argentina is the National Park of Iguaçu, considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and the spectacle of the Cataratas do Iguaçu attracts about 700 thousand tourists per year. At only 40 km (25 mi) from there, at the border with Paraguay, the largest dam in the world was built, the Hidroelétrica de Itaipu (Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam). The State Park of Vila Velha near the city of Ponta Grossa, is another attraction, with great rocky formations sculpted by the erosion of rain and wind. Curitiba, the capital, is famous for its high quality of life, compared to the Brazilian average, and the Ilha do Mel, next to the historical Paranaguá, is another destination for eco-tourists.
Colonisation of the state by settlers started in the 16th century, but was mainly confined to the coasts. In the 1940s the northern part of the state as a result of the expansion of the São Paulo coffee industry. The south-eastern part of the state was settled as a result of migration from Rio Grande do Sul.
By the early 20th century, the state had two railway systems: the Paranaguá to Curitiba (69 miles) (111 km) with an extension to Ponta Grossa (118 miles) (190 km) and branches to Rio Negro (55 miles) (89 km), Porto Amazonas (6 miles) (10 km) and Antonina (10 miles) (16 km); and the São Paulo and Rio Grande, which crosses the state from northeast to south-west from União da Vitória, on the Iguaçu, to a junction with the Sorocabana line of São Paulo at Itararé. The junction of the two systems was at Ponta Grossa, north-west of Curitiba.
Paraná is bounded on the north by São Paulo state, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Santa Catarina state and the Misiones Province of Argentina, and on the west by Mato Grosso do Sul and the republic of Paraguay, with the Paraná River as its western boundary line.
The state can be separated into five main topographic areas, from east to west: a coastal zone, the mountains of Serra do Mar, and then three plateaus, each lower than the other, until the Paraná River is reached.
The largest rivers in the state comprise the Paranapanema and its tributaries the Cinza and Tibaji, the Ivaí, Piquiri, Jejuy-guassu, and the Iguaçu with its principal tributary the Rio Negro. The Paranapanema and a small tributary, the Itarare', form the boundary line with São Paulo west of the Serra do Mar, and the Iguaçu and Negro, the boundary line with Santa Catarina and Argentina - both streams having their sources in the Serra do Mar and flowing westward to the Paraná. The other streams have shorter courses, and all are obstructed by falls and rapids. Twenty miles above the mouth of the Iguaçu are the Iguaçu Falls, 215 ft. (66 m) high, broken into twenty or more falls separated by rocks and islands, and surrounded by a wild, unsettled and wooded country. The surface of the plateau is undulating and the greater part is adapted to agricultural and pastoral purposes.
According to the IBGE of 2010, the state population is 10,439,601. The population density was 51.48 inhabitants per square kilometre (133.3 /sq mi).
Urbanization: 84.5% (2006); Population growth: 1.4% (1991–2000); Houses: 3,177,000 (2006).
Parana's population is primarily of Eastern European origin, but Germans, Portuguese and Japanese also settled in the state.
Largest cities 
Largest cities or towns of Paraná
(2011 census of Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística)
|Rank||City name||Mesoregion||Pop.||Rank||City name||Mesoregion||Pop.|
|1||Curitiba||Metropolitana de Curitiba||1.764.540||11||Apucarana||Norte Central||121.924|
|2||Londrina||Norte Central||511.278||12||Araucária||Metropolitana de Curitiba||121.032|
|4||Ponta Grossa||Centro Oriental||318.527||14||Pinhais||Metropolitana de Curitiba||118.084|
|5||Cascavel||Oeste||289.339||15||Campo Largo||Metropolitana de Curitiba||113.881|
|6||São José dos Pinhais||Metropolitana de Curitiba||268.807||16||Arapongas||Norte Central||105.587|
|7||Foz do Iguaçu||Oeste||255.900||17||Almirante Tamandaré||Metropolitana de Curitiba||104.350|
|8||Colombo||Metropolitana de Curitiba||215.242||18||Umuarama||Noroeste||101.442|
|10||Paranaguá||Metropolitana de Curitiba||141.477||20||Piraquara||Metropolitana de Curitiba||94.767|
Since the 1950s Paraná is one of Brazilian agriculture powerhouses. First as the biggest producer of coffee, the main product that dominated the state agriculture, especially in the highly cultivated northern part of the state. That situation remained until a big natural disaster, the big frost of 1975, that destroy most of the coffee trees. After that, the sector diversified its plantations, and soybeans, corn, sugarcane, cattle, pork and chicken became the main products, coffee lost most of the land dedicated to its production, but remain an important item of the state exports. Today the Paraná state production of all this commodities ranks among the top three, or five, biggest state producers in the country. That's a great achievement knowing that Brazil is the biggest or second world producer of all of them, except pork, in which the country ranks number five.
The state industry at first was created based in agrobusiness: meat, coffee, dairy, lumber, mate tea and chicken processing were responsible for the first industries created in the state, some already in the end of 19th century, but most after the 1940s. Still today they are responsible for a large part of the industrial production. But the 1970s inauguration of the Volvo Factory in Curitiba, stated the car manufacturing, which today is huge. Plants of several different brands and industries installed around the metropolitan Curitiba, producing around 450.000 cars, buses, and trucks a year. The whole industry today is very diversified, the Curitiba Metropolitan Area has a whole range of industries some of then the top in the country, like computers, freezer and cosmetics. There are also several industries around several main cities, specially Ponta Grossa (Soybean products), Londrina (Coffee and Cattle), Maringá (Soybeans and Cattle), Telemaco Borba (Lumber and Cellulose) and Cianorte (Textiles and Clothing).
Share of the Brazilian economy: 5.9% (2005).
Its per capita GDP in 2005 was R$12,339, or US$5,400, 8th in Brazil and comparable to that of Turkey.
- Vehicles: 3,808,298 (March 2007)
- Mobile phones: 12 million (August 2011)
- Telephones: 2.7 million (April 2007)
- Cities: 399 (2007)
Educational institutions 
- Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) (Federal University of Paraná);
- Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) (Federal Technological University of Paraná);
- Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Paraná (IFPR) (Paraná Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology)
- Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste (UNICENTRO) (State University of West Center);
- Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL) (State University of Londrina);
- Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM) (State University of Maringá);
- Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná (UENP) (State University of North of Paraná);
- Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (Unioeste) (Western Paraná State University)
- Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG) (State University of Ponta Grossa);
- Universidade Estadual do Paraná (UNESPAR) (State University of Paraná);
- Centro Universitário Curitiba (UNICURITIBA);
- Centro Universitário Franciscano do Paraná (UNIFAE);
- Faculdade de Tecnologia (FATEC) (College of Technology);
- Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR);
- Universidade Paranaense (UNIPAR)
- Universidade Positivo (Positivo University);
- Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná (UTP) (Tuiuti University of Paraná);
- Faculdades Opet (OPET) ;
- and many others.
International airports 
Afonso Pena International Airport is Curitiba's main airport. It is located in the nearby city of São José dos Pinhais and all commercial flights operate from this airport.
Foz do Iguaçu International Airport. Brazil's main airlines serve the city daily, connecting it with the rest of the country and foreign cities. Regional routes also serve local traffic.
BR-116, BR-153, BR-158, BR-163, BR-272, BR-277, BR-280, BR-369, BR-373, BR-376, BR-467, BR-469, BR-476, BR-487.
Social care 
Paraná has one of the highest standards of living in Brazil with relatively low crime levels, a special attention given to education and health and a Human Development Index of ~0.820, the 5th highest in Brazil.
Paraná provides visitors and residents with various sport activities. There are several soccer clubs based in Paraná, such as:
- Clube Atlético Paranaense (Curitiba);
- Coritiba Foot Ball Club (Curitiba);
- Paraná Clube (Curitiba);
- Atlético Clube Paranavaí (Paranavaí);
- Arapongas Esporte Clube (Arapongas);
- Cianorte Futebol Clube (Cianorte);
- Cascavel Clube Recreativo (Cascavel);
- Toledo Colônia Work (Toledo);
- Iraty Sport Club (Irati);
- Operário Ferroviário Esporte Clube (Ponta Grossa);
- Rio Branco Sport Club (Paranaguá);
- Roma Esporte Apucarana (Apucarana).
Curitiba is one of the 12 host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
See also 
- "POPULAÇÃO RESIDENTE, EM 1o DE ABRIL DE 2007, SEGUNDO AS UNIDADES DA FEDERAÇÃO" (in Portuguese). IBGE. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- In Brazilian Portuguese. The European Portuguese pronunciation is [pɐɾɐˈna].
- "Supporting the Contribution of HEIs to Regional Development". Secretariat of Science, Technology and Higher Education, State of Parana. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Paraná". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- Source: PNAD.
- "Tabela 9.1 - População total e respectiva distribuição percentual, por cor ou raça, segundo as Grandes Regiões, Unidades da Federação e Regiões Metropolitanas - 2005". Síntese de indicadores sociais 2006 (in Portuguese). IBGE. p. 248. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Higher Education in Regional and City Development: State of Paraná, Brazil. OECD. 2011. p. 38. ISBN 978-92-64-089020.
- "ESTIMATIVAS DA POPULAÇÃO RESIDENTE NOS MUNICÍPIOS BRASILEIROS COM DATA DE REFERÊNCIA EM 1º DE JULHO DE 2011" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística. 30 August 2011. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
- * IBGE (November 2007). "Regional Accounts 2005" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- Source: IBGE.
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