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About Cariocas

One of Rio´s main attractions is its beautiful and cheerful people, the Cariocas. Carioca is a Portuguese adjective that refers only to the metropolitan area of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is said that the original word "Kara´i oca" comes from the Tupi language and it means "White Man´s House".

According to American Scientist Magazine, Cariocas show great friendliness and offer to help in various situations. According to the same magazine, Cariocas desirable social qualities are to be friendly, nice, agreeable, and good-natured. That is, to be a person who is fun to be with and pleasant to deal with.
For the state of Rio de Janeiro the adjective used is Fluminense, taken from the Latin word for river, "flumen".

A Famous Cariocas

Architects
* Affonso Eduardo Reidy
* Lúcio Costa
* Marcelo Roberto
* Maurício Roberto
* Milton Roberto
* Oscar Niemeyer
* Sérgio Bernardes

Artists
* Ana Botafogo
* Daniel Azulay
* Débora Colker
* Di Cavalcanti
* Hélio Oiticica
* Jaguar
* Paulo Werneck

Cinema, theatre and TV stars
* Luiz Fernando Guimarães
* Walter Salles

Sportsmen
* Leônidas da Silva
* Nelson Piquet
* Paulo Cézar Lima
* Romário
* Ronaldo
* Zico

Writers
* Cecília Meireles
* Lima Barreto
* Machado de Assis
* Paulo Coelho
* Vinícius de Moraes

Musicians
* Carlos Lyra
* Cartola
* Cássia Eller
* Cazuza
* Chico Buarque
* Elza Soares
* Heitor Villa-Lobos
* Ivan Lins
* Jorge Ben Jor
* Marisa Monte
* Miúcha
* Paulinho da Viola
* Pixinguinha
* Renato Russo
* Tim Maia
* Tom Jobim
* Vinícius de Moraes
* Zeca Pagodinho

Politicians
* Former president Fernando Collor de Mello
* Former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso



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