Governador Valadares is a Brazilian municipality in the state of Minas Gerais. In 2006, its population was 260,405 inhabitants. It is an economical center of the middle valley of the Doce River (Rio Doce, lit. "sweet river"), having a significant influence on the east and northeast of Minas Gerais and local authorities of the state of the Espírito Santo. Governador Valadares sits on the bank of the Doce River (Rio Doce), 324 km from Belo Horizonte.