Brazil has become the sixth-biggest economy in the world, the BBC’s website reports. It says the country’s finance minister Guido Mantega said the Brazilian economy is now worth $2.5tn (£1.6tn).
The Latin American nation’s economy grew 2.7% last year, official figures show, more than the UK’s 0.8% growth.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and other economic forecasters also said that Brazil had now overtaken the UK.
Mantega said: “It is not important to be the world’s sixth-biggest economy, but to be among the most dynamic economies, and with sustainable growth.”
Brazil is enjoying an economic boom because of high food and oil prices, which has led to rapid growth.
In 2010, the Brazilian economy was worth $2.09tn, compared with the UK’s $2.25tn total output, in current US dollars, according to the International Monetary Fund.
However, according to NIESR, using the IMF’s figures at current exchange rates, Brazil’s economy is now $2.52tn and the UK’s is $2.48tn.
The larger increase in the nominal size of both economies is explained by domestic inflation.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research has also said that Brazil’s economy has overtaken the UK’s.
In the fourth quarter of last year, Brazil’s economy grew by 0.3% from the previous quarter, according to Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia de Estatistica.
Brazil, the largest Latin American economy and one of the so-called Bric nations together with Russia, India and China, has seen its economy soar in recent years, with growth far outpacing the US and western Europe, but sending inflation higher.
The currency, the real, fell 11% against the US dollar last year.
That is after two years of huge gains – up 5% in 2010 and 34% in 2009. The currency is worth more than double what it was 10 years ago.
With substantial oil and gas reserves continuing to be discovered off Brazil’s coast in recent years, the country is now the world’s ninth largest oil producer, and the government wishes to ultimately enter the top five.
The country will also host the 2014 World Cup, and Rio de Janeiro will be home to the 2016 summer Olympics.