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00 xx ( zero zero xx ) is the International Access (Dial) Code you use to make an overseas call from 'within' Brazil.
55 ( five five ) is the International Country (Calling) Code for Brazil.
If you are ringing Brazil from abroad you'll have to dial 00 (international dialing code) 55 (country code) the area code and the telephone number:
Brazilian area codes:
If you are in Brazil ringing an international number or a national one in a different area it can be quite tricky, because you will have to dial the operator code as well for each call. For example, if it is an international call, it is 00.xx (operator code) .yy (country code) .zz (area code) and the telephone number. Pick up a choice (21, for example) and you can ring any national or international number with it. For a national call, it would be 0. xx. area code. telephone number.
Telephone number information is 102
Local calling cards are found everywhere, mainly at the newsagent's