Frederico Westphalen, Rio Grande do Sul
|State||Rio Grande do Sul|
|Founded||December 6, 1956|
|• Total||264.5 km2 (102.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||522 m (1,713 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (UTC-3)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-2 (UTC-2)|
Frederico Westphalen is a southern Brazilian city located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
The colonization of the Alto Uruguay region began in 1905. The first inhabitants were attracted by the natural resources of the region, specially suited for hunting purposes. In 1919 the first access road was created to connect the city with the neighbor city of Iraí. The city was officially created in December the 12th, 1954. The majority of the population descends from Italian immigrants.
The economy of the region is based on the food processing industries, furniture industries and agriculture.
The climate is Sub-tropical with two well defined seasons: Summer (October to April) and Winter (May to September).
Universities and colleges
Frederico Westphalen has one university: URI - Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguay e Missões - University Website, and an extension of the UFSM, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, the CESNORS (Centro de Educação Superior Norte do Rio Grande do Sul).
There are six schools on the city: Colégio Agrícola (technical school), Colégio Nossa Sra. Auxiliadora, Colégio Estadual José Cannelas, Escola de Educação Básica Sepé Tiaraju, Escola Afonso Pena and Escola Cardeal Roncalli.
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