São Sebastião do Caí

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São Sebastião do Caí
Location within Rio Grande do Sul
Location within Rio Grande do Sul
São Sebastião do Caí is located in Brazil
São Sebastião do Caí
São Sebastião do Caí
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 29°35′13″S 51°22′33″W / 29.58694°S 51.37583°W / -29.58694; -51.37583Coordinates: 29°35′13″S 51°22′33″W / 29.58694°S 51.37583°W / -29.58694; -51.37583
Country  Brazil
State Rio Grande do Sul
Founded May 1, 1875
 • Mayor Darci Lauermann (PMDB)
 • Total 111,452 km2 (43,032 sq mi)
Time zone BRT (UTC-3)
 • Summer (DST) BRST (UTC-2)
Website http://www.saosebastiaodocai.com/

São Sebastião do Caí is a city near Porto Alegre in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. It has a population of about 25,000 inhabitants. The principal university is the University of Caxias do Sul, often abbreviated as UCS. Through the middle of the city runs the river Caí, whose source is in the mountains of São Francisco de Paula, and which empties into Guaíba Lake. The city was founded on May 1, 1875. Like many towns in the state which were settled by German-speaking Europeans in the 19th century, the German language is still present in daily family and community life, if not as much in the public sphere since World War II.

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