The City of Porto Alegre is the capital of Brazil’s southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. The Porto Alegre Municipality is the tenth most populous in Brazil, with 1,409,939 inhabitants. The city is situated on the eastern bank of the Rio Guaiba (GuaibaLake), which is located at a junction of five rivers.
Porto Alegre is a political, economic and cultural centres of Brazil. It is one of Latin America’s most diverse cities, with immigrants from all over the world, especially Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Portugal, calling Porto Alegre home. Known as the ‘book capital’ of Brazil, Porto Alegre has the highest rate of literacy in Brazil (97 percent).
The Municipality of Porto Alegre has been working to incorporate sustainable measures throughout the city, including a transport system that is designed to reduce congestion and pollution. Porto Alegre is also well-known for its high level of citizen participation, as evidenced by the city’s pioneering participatory budgeting model and status as the site of World Social Forum in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.
The city of Porto Alegre has been a Global Compact City Participant since early 2004.