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Porto Alegre (UK: , US: , local Portuguese: [ËˆpoÉ¾tu aËˆlÉ›É¡É¾i] (); lit.â€‰"Joyful Harbor") is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Founded in 1769 by Manuel SepÃºlveda, its population of 1,481,019 inhabitants (2016) makes it the tenth most populous city in the country and the centre of Brazil's fifth largest metropolitan area, with 4,405,760 inhabitants (2010). The city is the southernmost capital city of a Brazilian state. The city was one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, having previously been a venue for the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
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