São Roque, São Paulo
|Municipality of São Roque
Município de São Roque
|Microrregions:||São Paulo Metropolitan Region|
|Location:||23.628/23°31'45" S, 47.101/47°8'7" W|
|Mayor:||Efaneu Nolasco Godinho
(elected in 2004)
Coordinates: São Roque (meaning Saint Roch in Portuguese) is a city in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. The population in 2004 was 71,594 and its density was 525/km². The city is at an altitude of 771 m, and the area is 308 km². São Roque is connected by two main highways: Rodovia Raposo Tavares and Rodovia Castelo Branco. It is located 60 km from the state capital.
São Roque has protected greenspaces and maintains itself as a lush ecological paradise. It has a good climate with a wonderful countryside. The Serra do Mar mountains cover the southeast. It has an excellent infrastructure, especially well-developed for wine production. In the 19th century, immigrants from Italy and Portugal arrived in São Roque to work in vineyards. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy. It holds the largest artificial ski park in Latin America, the Ski Mountain Park.
Efaneu Nolasco Godinho was elected mayor for the third time in October 2008. (Previous successful elections were in 1996 and 2004.)
- Juca de Oliveira, the actor.
- Francisco Verani, a radio broadcaster.
- Vander Luiz, a sports journalist and radio broadcaster.
- Samir Chad, businessman
- (Portuguese) http://www.guiasaoroque.com.br Website about São Roque
- (Portuguese) http://www.saoroque.sp.gov.br
- (Portuguese) São Roque on citybrazil.com.br
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