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Paulo Bento, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Paulo Bento, RS (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020

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The municipality of Paulo Bento (2,308 inhabitants in 2017; 14,828 ha) is located 380 km north-west of Porto Alegre.

Paulo Bento was settled by the brothers Paulo and Manoel Bento de Souza around 1890, where they established the oldest domain in Alto Uruguai, locally known as Posse dos Bentos (The Bentos' Possession). Around 1915, the Companhia Particular de Colonização, led by Dr. Azambuja in Passo Fundo, sold plots, on the government's behalf, to colonists coming from Europe and from the Serra Gaúcha.
The town was designed in 1928 by Torres Gonçalves. First named Sede Cravo, it was renamed to Paulo Bento, as a tribute to the place's first settler. Paulo Bento was elevated to the 4th district of Getúlio Vargas by Municipal Act No. 113 issued on 25 March 1935. It was transferred to the newly formed municipality of Erechim as its 1st district, established by Municipal Decree No. 7,199 issued on 31 March 1938.
The municipality of Paulo Bento was established on 16 April 1996 and inaugurated on 1 January 2001.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020


Divided on a rising east-west diagonal, white over blue, with four narrow blue-yellow stripes along the join, with the municipal arms in the upper hoist.
Dirk Schönberger, 7 March 2012

The flag of Paulo Bento is prescribed by Municipal Law No.46 promulgated on 30 August 2001.

Article 2.
The flag shall be divided into two equal parts by a diagonal, the part near the hoist, white and charged with the coat of arms of the municipality prescribed by Municipal Law No. 38 promulgated on 15 August 2001, the opposed part, blue, the blue and white colors in the same shades as on the coat of arms, as a tribute to the national colors, highlighting integration and national unity.
Municipal website

The coat of arms of Paulo Bento is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 38 promulgated on 15 August 2001.

Article 2.
The coat of arms is composed of the following symbols.
On top, walls representing the municipality's sovereign territory. A sun representing life, a tree representing flora, birds representing fauna, and waterfalls representing the natural reserves and tourism. The blue of the sky represents the air, the tractor represents agriculture and the technology of no-drill sowing, gold, represents the produced resources. Industry represents a sector source of employment and income. Green represents the environment.
The laurels represent awards. The scroll includes the emancipation's year and the names of the municipality and of the state, "1996, PAULO BENTO - RIO GRANDE DO SUL".
Municipal website


Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020