Brasalia at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
City (pop., 1991: 1,493,000; metro area pop.: 1,778,000), capital of Brazil. It lies on the Paraná River. Though the idea of having the country's capital located in the interior was proposed as early as 1789, Brasí lia's construction began only in 1956. It was designed by the Brazilian architects Lú cio Costa and O. Niemeyer. In 1960 the government began its move from Rio de Janeiro. The city is a governmental rather than an industrial center, while many nationwide companies have headquarters there. Brasí lia National Park is nearby.