Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho are neighboring favelas. Image credit: Pēteris

Favelas of Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Slums

The urban areas of Rio de Janeiro are dominated by slum districts; so-called favelas. The favelas of Rio de Janerio are lawless environments dominated by poor citizens, unemployment, crime, drugs and weapons. The population in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro has dramatically increased during the last decades due to urbanization and because of the significant economic divide between rich and poor. Data back from 2010 shows that 6% of the population lives in the Brazilian slums.

The favelas of Rio de Janeiro in general and the high crime rates have been a major political issue according to 2014 FIFA World Cup where Brazil is host nation.

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Favelas of Rio de Janeiro pictures

Favela Rio De Janeiro Brazil
Typical favela in the urban areas of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Image credit: dany13
Rocinha slum district
Rocinha Slum district in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. Image credit: João Lima
Tilt Shift Favela Rio De Janeiro Brazil
Painted houses in Tilt Shift Favela. Image credit: Chico Ferreira
Slums Rio
The favelas of Rio de Janerio are homes for millions of people. Image credit: dhani borges
Favela Cantagalo
Favela Cantagalo in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Image credit: alobos Life
Rocinha favela
Rocinha is the largest favela in Brazil. Image credit: Steve Martinez
Favela Santa Marta
Favela Santa Marta is located on a steep hill side. Image credit: AF Rodrigues
Brazilian slum
The Brazilian slum is densely populated. Image credit: dany13
Rocinha Brazil
Some favelas are more developed than others. Image credit: Steve Martinez

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