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Old 06-28-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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I don't know what it is but I have always felt these two countries share a lot of similarities in just the way they are:

1. They are the richest country on their continent.
2. Their three most well known cities happen to be the largest two cities and the capital of each country.
3. They have several cities that have a population of over 1 million.
4. They are both rich in resources.
5. Both of their capital cities were created to be capitals.
6. They probably two of the most ethnicially/racially diverse countries in this world.
7. They are among the top 5 countries in size.
8. They are among the top 5 countries in population.
9. Their cities vary greatly in terms of culture, ethnicities, race, etc., by region.
10. Going back to #2. There largest city (NYC and Sao Paulo) are known to be the financial centers, very dense and very urban. Their second largest (LA and Rio) are known for their media entertainment/production and for beaches and mountains. Their capitals solely serve the purpose to be a capital city and have very distinct architecture into how the government/memorial buildings are made.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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Excellent list! Thank you for posting it.

Both are in the top 7 largest economies in the world.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Nice list. I think Brazil and the USA have a lot of things in common (although there are lots of differences too).

Basically, both countries are very big, and the sizes of their continuous continental territories are almost the same. The populations are almost in the same range: between 150 and 350 million people (very different of "mammoth" countries with more than a 1 billion people, like India and China).

Both have a lot of ethnic diversity, although Brazil has far more miscegenation (racial mixing).

Culturally, there are many similarities: both speak Indo-European languages written with the Latin alphabet, both have a Christian majority (and religious freedom), both are democracies and have a free press, and people from both countries really like sports a lot (although not the same sports: baseball, "American football" and basketball in the USA; soccer, volleyball and basketball in Brazil).

The influence of the American culture in Brazil is very strong, specially among the youth (although it doesn't means Brazilians don't value their own cultural roots - people in Brazil usually like both: the "native culture", and the elements of foreign culture absorbed through the media).

American movies, music, TV shows, are very influent in Brazil. You would be surprised of how successful is "Everybody Hates Chris" in the Brazilian "favelas"! It's a real fever!
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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And let's not forget that the large country on the continent of South America is, after all, officially known as the United States of Brazil.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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And let's not forget that the large country on the continent of South America is, after all, officially known as the United States of Brazil.
Wow, I never knew that.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Wow, I never knew that.
United States of Brazil: 1891 -> 1967
(Estados Unidos do Brasil)

Federative Republic of Brazil: Since 1967
(República Federativa do Brasil)
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Yes. United States of Brazil until 1967. Since that year, it's the Federative Republic of Brazil.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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There's also other (rather unfortunate) similarities as well between the two countries:

*income and wealth gap between the rich and poor

*high crime levels (which often correlates with the degree of difference of the above mentioned point)
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Plus the obvious...legacy of slavery in both places.

When I went down to Brazil...it was like an alternative universe to the U.S...both had very large numbers of African people brought to their respective countries. Than a different but somewhat similar history of that as well.

The other HUGE similarity is just the immense amount of MUSIC genres that both countries produce in abundance. Brazil is probably easily #2 in the world after the U.S. with just creative musical genuis and variety of styles.

Another one is they both seem to have 'frontiers' that you can just keep on going with....Brazil well into the Amazon jungle...and U.S. with I suppose Alaska....but they just appeal to dreamer types...
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:09 AM
 
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I don't know what it is but I have always felt these two countries share a lot of similarities in just the way they are:

1. They are the richest country on their continent.
2. Their three most well known cities happen to be the largest two cities and the capital of each country.
3. They have several cities that have a population of over 1 million.
4. They are both rich in resources.
5. Both of their capital cities were created to be capitals.
6. They probably two of the most ethnicially/racially diverse countries in this world.
7. They are among the top 5 countries in size.
8. They are among the top 5 countries in population.
9. Their cities vary greatly in terms of culture, ethnicities, race, etc., by region.
10. Going back to #2. There largest city (NYC and Sao Paulo) are known to be the financial centers, very dense and very urban. Their second largest (LA and Rio) are known for their media entertainment/production and for beaches and mountains. Their capitals solely serve the purpose to be a capital city and have very distinct architecture into how the government/memorial buildings are made.
1. the richest country in south america is CHILE, not brazil... brazil is important and rich south america wise because of size, not because of actual wealth...... Chile and Uruguay have way better standard of living and much less poverty than Brazil.

2. agree

3. agree

4. agree

5. agree

7. the USA diverse yes.... Brazil I wouldn't call it so....
in the US u can go down the street and see people from every imaginable nationality on this planet, ride a subway and listen to 50 different languages, have friends who come from every single country on this planet...
Brazil on the other hand is 99% Brazilian people..... their diversity comes from the fact that they have mixtures that makes them physically different from one another but they are still pretty much brazilian by culture and origin.... but to be honest every south american country I've visited is like that, not just brazil!!!! 99% of the people you find on the street in Brazil is mostly black BRAZILIAN, mixed with black BRAZILIAN, BRAZILIAN indigenous, mixed with amerindian BRAZILIAN and a minority of white BRAZILIANS mostly in the south, and small groups of arab origin BRAZILIANS and japanese BRAZILIANS concentrated pretty much in Sao Paulo....
There are very few foreigners in Brazil by the way.... Barely 0.3% of brazil total population was born outside of brazil! in the USA almost 15% of the total population is an immigrant and about 30% is a first generation American whose parents were born in other countries...... in Brazil being a foreigner is a novelty.... in the USA being a foreigner is being an everyday person!!!! so I disagree with the similarity in diversity, the US is BY FAR much more diverse than Brazil.
the US has almost 50 million foreigners.... Brazil has around 450 thousand.

8. agree

9. Brazil cultural differences are regional, in the US cultural differences are racial.

10. agree

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