Jundiaí

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Jundiaí
Municipality
Município de Jundiaí
Skyline
Skyline
Flag of Jundiaí
Flag
Official seal of Jundiaí
Seal
Nickname(s): Grapeland
Location of Jundiaí in the state of São Paulo
Location of Jundiaí in the state of São Paulo
Jundiaí is located in Brazil
Jundiaí
Jundiaí
Location of Jundiaí in Brazil
Coordinates: 23°11′11″S 46°53′02″W / 23.18639°S 46.88389°W / -23.18639; -46.88389Coordinates: 23°11′11″S 46°53′02″W / 23.18639°S 46.88389°W / -23.18639; -46.88389
Country  Brazil
Region Southeast
State
Bandeira do estado de São Paulo.svg
São Paulo
Metropolitan Region Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte
Founded December 14, 1655
Government
 • Mayor Luiz Fernando Machado (PSDB)
Area
 • Total 431.207 km2 (166.490 sq mi)
Elevation 762 m (2,497 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 405,740
 • Density 940.94/km2 (2,437.0/sq mi)
Time zone Brasilia Official Time (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) Brazilian Daylight Saving Time (UTC-2)
Postal Code 13200-000
Area code(s) +55 11
Website [1]

Jundiaí is a municipality in the Southeast Region of Brazil, located 57 kilometres (35 mi) north of São Paulo. The population of the city is 401,896 (2015 est.), in an area of 431.21 km².[1] The elevation is 761 m. The GDP of the city is U$16.6 billions (R$36.6 billions). The budget for 2013 is U$787 millions (R$1.63 billions), according to the official data of the City Hall, approved by the City Council.

History and Geography[edit]

The municipality was founded on December 14, 1655, when it was elevated to the category of village. Its first urbanization was carried out in 1657. Jundiaí has borders with Várzea Paulista, Campo Limpo Paulista, Franco da Rocha, Cajamar, Pirapora do Bom Jesus, Cabreúva, Itupeva, Louveira, Vinhedo, Itatiba and Jarinu.

Church in Vila Arens

The name of the town comes from the Tupi language, and it means the place of the jundiá ("fish with barbs", the Rhamdia quelen species).

Jundiaí has enjoyed a steep population growth, in large part fueled by a shift of residents from the megalopolis of São Paulo, seeking better living conditions.

Tourism[edit]

The Serra do Japi (Japi mountain range), situated southeast of the city, is a state park that has a natural reserve with one of the largest forested areas in the state of São Paulo, with beautiful landscapes and many opportunities for ecotourism, large hotel-farms and extreme sports.

The Jundiahy section is a historical area amongst the rivers Jundiai, Guapeva and Mato.It is an affluent neighborhood with fancy houses, gardens and a traditional small community business.

Sports[edit]

Paulista is the city's football (soccer) club. The team, which plays at Jayme Cintra Stadium, was the champion of Copa do Brasil 2005 (Cup of Brazil).

Transportation[edit]

The Jundiaí Airport serves the city and region for small airplanes. Jundiaí has a connection in the Jundiaí station with Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM). It has a system of public transportation that currently costs R$3,00 (USD 1,45) for one way [2]. Most of the buses have wheelchair lifts and a few have monitors that broadcast videos about the city and education. The lines are all connected by terminais (terminals), what makes the users' traffic faster and cheaper since there is free circulation in the terminals to the linhas alimentadoras (feeding lines), which carry the passengers from the terminals to their respective destinations [3]. Yellow and reloadable electronic cards that replace cash may be used by regular users that perform a register; students have a blue card that charges only half instead of the ticket's full price; the elderly or disabled own a grey or green card which allows free admittance.

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Japan Iwakuni, Japan
Italy Padova, Italy
United States Trenton, USA

Notable people[edit]

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