Jundiaí is a city and municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The population in 2004 was 340,907, and the area is 433.958 km². The elevation is 761 m. Distance is 60 km north of the city of São Paulo.
History and Geography
The municipality was founded on December 14, 1655, when it was elevated to the category of village. Its first urbanization was carried out in 1657. Jundiaí has borders with Várzea Paulista, Campo Limpo Paulista, Franco da Rocha, Cajamar, Pirapora do Bom Jesus, Cabreúva, Itupeva, Louveira, Vinhedo, Itatiba and Jarinu.
The name of the town comes from the Tupi language, and it means the place of the jundiá ("fish with barbs", the Rhamdia quelen species).
Jundiaí has enjoyed a steep population growth, in large parte fueled by a shift of residents from the megalopolis of São Paulo, in search of better conditions of life.
The Serra do Japi, situated southeast of the city, is a state park with 94 km² and a natural reserve with one of the largest forested areas of the state of São Paulo, with beautiful landscapes and many opportunities for eco-tourism, large farm-hotels and radical sports.
Paulista is the city's football (soccer) club. The team, which plays at Jayme Cintra Stadium, is currently competing in the Brazilian Third Division.
Champion of Copa do Brasil 2005 (Cup of Brazil).
The Jundiaí Airport serves the city.
Jundiaí has connection in the Jundiaí station with Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM).
- Ana Carolina Reston Macan (1985-2006), -model
- Antônio de Queirós Teles, barão de Jundiaí (1789-1870), politician
- Antônio de Queirós Teles, conde do Parnaíba (1831-1888), politician, and president of São Paulo Province (1886-1887)
- Cida Marques, model and actress
- Dalmo Gaspar
- Décio Pignatari (1927-), writer and poet
- Doni (1979), footballer
- Douglas Tufano, professor and linguist
- Eloísa Mafalda (1924), actress
- Edinaldo Batista Libânio (1979), footballer
- Jean Fercondini (1987), actor
- Max Gehringer (1949), lawyer
- Oscar Maroni Filho (1949), businessman
- Reginaldo (1983-) , footballer
- Zenaide Oliveira (1985), athlete