Santa Catarina is the leading state in Brazil for the innovation economy, the second most competitive state (after Sao Paulo) and the fifth largest industrial zone in the country.

GDP per capta more than 


higher than the country.

Lowest inequality among state 


Gini coefficient.

Lowest unemployment rate 


of any state in the country.


in Social Sustainability (CLP)


in Social Development (IDGE)


in Economic Development (IDGE)


in Education Standards (IDGE)


in Youth Opportunities (IDGE)


in Innovation Activity (CLP)


Florianopolis, also known as Floripa, is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina. The city's Human Development Index (HDI) is 0.847, which is the highest for a brazilian capital, higher than any Latin American country and would make Floripa 41st in the global ranking - together with Portugal and Latvia. The population literacy rate and enrollment level for children between 6 and 14 years old is also the highest in the country, positioning Floripa close to the likes of Germany, Canada and Denmark on basic education.

Floripa is also the brazilian city with highest density of startups, with only 3% of the population but 20% of the startups, according to a study conducted by Accenture and ABStartps. It was also ranked first place in the Creative Economy Index, by the ESPM's Lab for Creative Cities, and the second most entrepreneurial city in the country, by Endeavor. These are some of the reasons why Floripa has been called the Sillicon Valley of Latin America.