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Jakarta Post

There are many things a country can do to maintain its sovereignty. Brazil decided to do this in 1960 by building a new capital city, Brasilia, about 1,000 kilometers northwest of Rio de Janeiro, which had been the nation’s capital for centuries. With most of the population concentrated along the country’s vast coastline to its north, east and southeast, it was important to settle the western, interior area to spread the population throughout the country.

The Jakarta Post sat down with a number of foreign envoys to Indonesia whose countries have relocated their capitals relocation. In this episode, we hear from the Brazilian Ambassador to Indonesia, Rubem Antonio Barbosa, to hear how his country accomplished its enormous undertaking 60 years ago. (JP/ I Gede Dharma JS, Donny Fernando)

(JP/Apriza Pinandita)