is the largest city in Santa Catarina State, in the
Southern Region of Brazil. It is the third largest municipality in the southern
region, after the much larger state capitals of Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Joinville is also a major industrial, financial and commerce center.
In 2013, the population of Joinville reached approximately 547,000 people,
many of whom are of German descent. The metropolitan area is home to 1,212,997
residents according to the 2010 census by IBGE.
Owing to urban development and relatively
good infrastructure, Joinville has