São Paulo is known as the largest city in South America and the third largest city in the world. Besides, it is an economic centre of Brazil and a place rich in its cultural traditions.
São Paulo lies at the center of the heavily urbanized São Paulo metropolitan area, which, with an estimated 21,616,060 people in 2008 over 7,944 square kilometres (3,067.2 sq mi), is the largest metropolitan area in the nation. Depending on which definition is used, the São Paulo metropolitan area is ranked as either the first or second most populous in the Americas, just behind Mexico City. The subway system covers only some areas of the city.
The main interest of the region is influence of different neighborhoods with their special Italian, Japanese or Arabic influences.
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