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Brazilian Real (BRL)

The Brazilian Real is the primary currency of Brazil. This currency is used by an estimated 209,469,333 people. Based on our estimate, Brazilian Real is the #7 most popular currency is the world.

The currency code for the Brazilian Real is "BRL". The ISO 4217 number for this currency is 986. The currency symbol for the Real is "R$".

Brazilian Real conversion rates, useful facts, and holiday schedule can be found below.

BRL Currency Demographics

The primary country using the Brazilian Real is Brazil.

There are approximately 209,469,333 people around the world who use the Brazilian Real. The Brazilian Real is the #7 most used widely currency is the world.

209,469,333 user population
Ranked #7 in the world

BRL Exchange Rates

1 Brazilian Real equals:

Australian Dollar


Inverse: R$3.18


Inverse: R$5.56
British Pound


Inverse: R$6.34
Indian Rupee


Inverse: R$0.067
Japanese Yen


Inverse: R$0.047
US Dollar


Inverse: R$5.12

† Rates last updated at 53 minutes ago

‡ Rates are the interbank rate and are only available on large transactions

BRL Currency Facts

BRL Details

ISO 4217 CodeBRL
ISO 4217 Number986
Unit NameReal
Currency NicknamesReal

BRL Denominations

Minor Unit NameN.a.
Minor Unit Symbol N.a.
Minor Units2
Frequently Used banknotesR$5, R$10, R$20, R$50, R$100
Rarely Used BanknotesR$2
Frequently Used CoinsR$1, 5, 10, 25, 50
Rarely Used CoinsN.a.

BRL Issuance

Central BankBanco Central Do Brasil
Central Bank Website

World Bank Statistics

Estimated User Population209,469,333 people
Population Rank#7
BRL Inflation Rate3.66%
Inflation Rank#41

† Population and Inflation rate as based on data from the World Bank.

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2020 BRL Currency Holidays

Based on holidays observed by the Banco Central Do Brasil. On these dates banks and payment systems may be closed. Settlement in Brazilian Real may also be closed on these dates.

New Year's Day January 1, 2020 Closed
Carnival Monday February 24, 2020 Closed
Carnival Tuesday February 25, 2020 Closed
Carnival Wednesday February 26, 2020 Partial Day
Good Friday April 10, 2020 Closed
Tiradentes Day April 21, 2020 Closed
Labour Day May 1, 2020 Closed
Corpus Christi June 11, 2020 Closed
Independence Day September 7, 2020 Closed
Our Lady of Aparecida October 12, 2020 Closed
All Souls' Day November 2, 2020 Closed
Proclamation of Republic November 15, 2020 Closed
Christmas Eve December 24, 2020 Partial Day
Christmas December 25, 2020 Closed
New Year's Eve December 31, 2020 Partial Day

BRL Currency History

The Brazilian Real was created in July 1994. The table below shows the history of currencies that ultimately became the Brazilian Real.

Currency Active Replaced By
Brazilian cruzeiro (BRB) January 1970 to February 1986 BRC
Brazilian cruzado (BRC) February 1986 to January 1989 BRN
Brazilian cruzado novo (BRN) January 1989 to March 1990 BRE
Brazilian cruzeiro (BRE) March 1990 to August 1993 BRR
Brazilian cruzeiro real (BRR) August 1993 to June 1994 BRL