Vale do Itajaí
Vale do Itajaí also known as Vale Europeu (or "European Valley") is a mesoregion located in the Northeastern part of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. It has about 1.3 million inhabitants and comprises four smaller regions: Blumenau, Itajaí, Ituporanga and Rio do Sul. Most of the population is of German and Italian ancestry.
Vale do Itajaí has a humid subtropical climate. The seasons of the year are distinct, with a well-defined summer and winter, and characteristic weather for fall and spring. Frost is infrequent, but occurs occasionally in winter. Because it is close the sea, relative humidity is 80% on average. There is significant precipitation which is well distributed throughout the year. The region is subject to floods. A major flood in 2008 caused over 100 deaths.
See also Blumenau - Economy.
Itajai Valley region is fertile agricultural region. The main agricultural products in Itajai Valley are Tobacco, beef and dairy cattle and cereals. The tobacco produced on the Itajai Valley has a quality differential among other tobaccos in Brazil, what makes it one of the most desired tobaccos in the world. The most significant period for tourism is during Oktoberfest of Blumenau, a traditional Bavarian beer festival. In 2005, 365,288 tickets were sold and 266,811 litres (70,484 US gal) of beer were drunk at its pavilions. The record for public attendance was set in 1992, when over one million tickets were sold.
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