José Martins de Oliveira has been living in Rocinha for 47 years and is fighting for the rights of its residents. In 2012, the police invaded Rocinha and established a UPP. But peace is fragile
Approaching the complexity of Rio de Janeiro is not easy. The demographic data collected in this map offers an overview of the city’s makeup
What happens when the Journalism School (JONA) and the Brazilian Bureau of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation invite 14 young journalists from Brazil and Germany to work together? Tell me, Rio!
During the Olympics, Rio will try to present itself at its best. The Sugar Loaf serves as a spectacular backdrop for sailing and surfing competitions. But at a closer look, the beautiful setting gets a harsh reality check: The bay is too dirty. The city and state government are spending millions now to clean the water from pollution caused by years of neglect
Monica is one of 40 Million Brazilians who has left poverty behind in the past ten years, thanks to governmental programs. She is part of the growing middle class, “classe C”, dreaming of a better future
The mega events will bring money to the city, but for now the people of Rio suffer from exploding costs of living. Housing is most affected. Where can you afford to live in Rio? Check our map
At Copacabana beach you will probably find some of the most beautiful people of Rio if not of the world. So it is a perfect place to find out about the secret of “beleza”
New fridges and TVs, own bank accounts — and big dreams: The Brazilian middle class has risen a lot in the past years and wants to achieve even more
He has always been devoted to Flamengo, but for Ribamar Pereira football has become an expensive game. The Maracanã has plastic seats and popcorn now, but fans like him have to stay outside
In Vila Autódromo, one of Rio de Janeiros smaller favelas, residents face expropriation ahead of the 2016 Olympics. Their feelings vary from hope to frustration
Many Brazilians criticise their government for hosting the World Cup and spending billions for new stadiums instead of investing in healthcare or the educational system. But you can also hear some anticipation on the streets of Rio – at least in front of foreign journalists’ microphones
In Rio de Janeiro, every hour is rush hour. The roads are always jammed. Alexandre Fernandes commutes on his bike, speeding down the streets between thousands of cars and buses. It makes his day better, he says, although people think that he is crazy
Since re-opening in 2013 ticket prizes for the new Maracanã have exploded. The stadium is often empty and quiet now. And has lost its charme
Altair Antunes Guimarães, the community leader in Vila Autódromo, struggles to avoid the third disappropriation of his life
The cold beer is becoming a hot issue in Rio: With prizes rising fast, check our map for bars and restaurants before you go out for a “cerveja gelada”
Rio attracts tourists from all over the world. The numbers of visitors are constantly increasing since 2008. Where do the tourists come from?
Djalma Mathias dos Santos works on a garbage boat on Guanabara Bay. Currently the state of Rio runs three of them to clean the 412 square kilometers from its waste
One out of five inhabitants of Rio lives in a favela, 1.4 million people. Since 2008 the State is establishing Pacifying Police Units to keep the drug lords out of these areas. 37 Police Units have been installed by now. Do they make any difference?
In the past five years, more than 20 229 families have been expropriated and removed from their homes. Resettlements for the good of the habitants – that’s what Rio’s municipality calls it. An attempt to hide poverty – that’s what critics call it
The most famous cosmetic surgeon in the world is Brazilian. No wonder, according to the statistics, Brazilians are quite crazy about cosmetic operations. Ivo Pitanguy lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, his two long-established clinics are always very busy. He’s the “Michelangelo of the scalpel”
FlaFlu is not just a derby, it is the classical one in Rio, a myth. Because lots of fans cannot afford the tickets into new Maracanã, only few come, even for a FlaFlu. They show their emotions anyway – and ignore that it is not allowed to stand up
Not many issues seem to be a bigger scandal for Cariocas than this one: the prices. We asked around on the streets: what upsets people the most?