What are the biggest differences between Brazil and Mexico?
Brazil and Mexico are both large countries in Latin America, but they have some differences in terms of geography, culture, and history. Geographically, Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, while Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America.
Brazil has a diverse landscape that includes the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian Highlands, and a long coastline with many beaches. Mexico, on the other hand, has a varied terrain that includes desert areas, mountains, and many coastal areas.
In terms of culture, Brazil has a rich mix of African, European, and indigenous influences and is known for its music, dance, and festivals, such as Carnival. Mexico also has a strong cultural identity, with a mix of indigenous and Spanish influences, and is known for its food, music, and art, such as traditional mariachi music and the works of Frida Kahlo.Historically, Brazil was colonized by the Portuguese, while Mexico was colonized by the Spanish.
This has influenced their respective languages, with Portuguese being the official language of Brazil and Spanish being the official language of Mexico. Brazil also has a more recent history of military dictatorship, while Mexico has a history of political instability and drug violence.Overall, while Brazil and Mexico share some similarities as Latin American countries, they also have distinct differences in terms of geography, culture, and history.
Here are some of the biggest differences between Brazil and Mexico:
Brazil and Mexico are two distinct countries in Latin America with unique histories, cultures, and characteristics.
- Brazil: The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.
- Mexico: The official language of Mexico is Spanish.
- Brazil: Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest country in the world by land area. It is known for its diverse ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetlands, and extensive coastlines.
- Mexico: Mexico is located in North America and has diverse geographical features, including deserts, mountains, and coastal areas. It shares borders with the United States to the north.
- Brazil: Brazil has the largest population in South America and is the fifth-most populous country in the world.
- Mexico: Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and has the third-largest population in the Americas.
- Brazil: Brazil has a rich cultural heritage influenced by indigenous, African, and European traditions. It is known for its vibrant music and dance, including samba and bossa nova. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous cultural events.
- Mexico: Mexican culture is a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences. It is renowned for its cuisine, art, music (such as mariachi and ranchera), and traditional celebrations like Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
- Brazil: Brazil has a diverse economy, with sectors such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services contributing significantly. It is one of the world’s leading exporters of agricultural products.
- Mexico: Mexico has a mixed economy with a strong manufacturing sector, particularly in the automotive industry. It is also a major exporter of oil and petroleum products.
- Political History:
- Brazil: Brazil was a Portuguese colony until it gained independence in 1822. It has experienced periods of military rule but has been a democratic republic since the 1980s.
- Mexico: Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821. It went through periods of political instability, including the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century, and is now a federal republic.
While these are general differences, it’s important to recognize that both Brazil and Mexico are diverse countries with regional variations and complexities within their borders.
- Brazil has an area of 8,515,770 km2, whilst Mexico has an area of 1.964,375 km2.
- Mexico City is the capital of Mexico, while Brasilia is the capital of Brazil.
- Both of them have sizable populations; 215,313,000 people are estimated to live in Brazil and 127,504,000 in Mexico.
- Spain had taken control of Mexico, while Portugal had taken control of Brazil.
- A whole geographical area of Middle America is made up of Mexico. North America contains Mexico, whereas South America contains Brazil.
- Yet another South American area that is regarded as a single entity is Brazil.
- Portuguese is spoken in Brazil, whereas Spanish is largely spoken in Mexico.
- In Brazil, there is less of an American impact than there is in Mexico.
- Mexico’s life expectancy is 3.6 years less than Brazil’s.
- Mexico’s GDP is significantly higher than Brazil’s.
- Mexico has a 70% lower unemployment rate than Brazil.
- Mexico has a 27 percent higher tax rate than Brazil.
- When compared to Brazil, a very small portion of the population in Mexico has access to the Internet.
Language, culture, and tradition differ
- Brazilians are less Catholic than Mexicans. Despite being the largest Catholic nation in the world, Brazil nevertheless has a higher proportion of protestants than Catholics
- While Brazil is not particularly fond of spicy food, Mexicans are renowned for their spicy cuisine.
- Cartels, or gang members in Mexico, are far more powerful than Brazilians.
The language and the temperament. Mexicans speak Spanish, Brazilians speak Portuguese; Mexicans are rather quiet and laid back; Brazilians have the liveliness of a party about to begin.
Another difference, that rather disturbs me, is that Mexicans will not badmouth their country to foreigners, whereas Brazilians do not seem to have a problem criticizing their country and their government to anyone who will listen. Winston Churchill famously said; “never stop criticizing your country when you are in it, but never do so when you are not”.
Also, in Brazil fathers seem to be much more involved in the day by day activities of their children than they do in Mexico. when I lived in Rio I grew accustomed to seeing fathers taking their children for a quick swim before going to work, or right after coming home; perhaps because of this shared playfulness children in Brazil seem to have a friendlier day by day relationship with their fathers than they do in Mexico.
Lastly, both Mexico and Brazil are rather devoted Catholic countries, but they are different in their devotion; in Mexico going to Mass is a rather quiet and solemn affair, as it is in the US, but in Brazil masses sometimes have the effusiveness of a revival meeting.
There is a point in a Catholic Mass when you shake the hand of those near you and wish them well, and it takes about half a minute; not so in Brazil where the handshake is replaced by hugs and kisses on the cheek exchanged not only with those next to you but with those in your entire row and sometimescup and down the aisles; it takes about 15 minutes.
In Rio when I went to Mass I always chose a place behind a pillar, or way off in a corner, to be out of the way of the hugging and kissing enthusiasm, which, myself not being temperamentally suited for it, I both admired and envied.
Disclaimer – All the above-written things are from the best to my knowledge. They may or may not entirely be true.
What are the biggest differences between Brazil and Mexico?
As a Brazilian, I found Mexico extremelly similar to Brazil in almost all aspects of the life.
In both, saying a blunt “no” is frowned upon. Mexicans say “ahorita” (“right now”), with the meaning of “in a very long time”, or even “never” Brazilians, “let’s have a coffee” or similars often without the intention of doing so. Tradicional “caipira” country music from Brazil ressembles a lot the Mexican mariachi song, as well as modern reggaeton and funk share many similarities and até, both, full of “double meanings”, a kind of joke quite connon in both countries. The love for soccer, hierarchy, unequality and even massive American Influence in day to day life (also noticible in the massive use of mispelling English mames) seem also common in both, as in most of Latin America.
There are even much less obvious similarities: both have a very sucessful Syrian-Lebanese diaspora, which, in both, are a big percentage of the richest and most influent elite. In both, VW Beatle was highly popular and produced far beyond than in most of the world. “El Chavo del Ocho”, with the name of “Chaves” in Brazil was one of the most sucessful and loved series in Brazil, as many Mexican soap-operas (The Brazilian Channel SBT used to buy a lot of programs from Televisa).
Both are also divided by states and a “Distrito Federal” where there are located Mexico City and Brasília. Brazil is called oficially “República Federativa do Brasil”, Federative Republic of Brazil, but It used to be “República dos Estados Unidos do Brasil”, Very similar to “Estados Unidos Mexicanos”: “Mexican United States” versus “Republic of the United States of Brazil”.
But there are some differences
- The most obvious, the language. Mexico speaks Spanish, Brazil, Portuguese. In both, the tongues evolved in very different ways than in its colonial powers, Portugal and Spain, which make sense as both, for many years, got more Influence from USA or even others European countries than from its formal colonial powers. In the case of Spain, they even didn’t have diplomatic relations during Franco era. In the case of Brazil-Portugal, relations were never severed, but Brazil simply didn’t payed attention to the Portuguese culture for a long time. Curiously, the Mexican Spsnish is a way more formal than the European Spsnish. In the case of the Portuguese, It’s the opposite. European Portuguese is much more formal than the Brazilian. In both, Mexico and Brazil there are many cases of use of formal pronoums (“usted” and “o senhor/a senhora”) with elderly membrrs, which is uncommon in both, Portugal and Spain nowadays. European Spsnish and Portuguese have a way less English loanwords than Its Mexican and Brazilian counterparts. Even many Brazilians not being able or interested in learning/speaking proper Spanish, the figures of Spanish Speakers Brazilians are higher than of the Mexicans who learn Portuguese as foreign language.
- Mexicans are more catholic then Brazilians. Even Brazil having the biggest world’s catholic population, local and internacional protestants churches are growing in faster in Brazil than in Mexico. In the Northern region of Brazil, where It’s the Amazon, there are even more protestants than catholics. It seems very similar of what’s happeing in many Central American countries (mainly Guatemala). Brazilian catholics are also more secular than Its Mexican counterparts. Brazilian protestants are normally a way more religious, many not listening non Gospel songs and not drinking alcohol.
- Mexican food is famous for its spicies, but most Brazilians dislike any spicy food. Brazilians find even American and Tex-Mex food spicy, which are a way less hot than many food eaten in Mexico. The Brazilian state of Bahia may be an exception, as they have more hotter food, but not as spicy as anything with chili pra jalapenos.
- Mexicans are more patriotic than Brazilians
- Mexicans are more formal than Brazilians. Even hierarchy and unequality being similar in both, Brazilian Portuguese has no equivalent of “Mande usted”. Among Young Brazilians, even in the customer service, relations are more informal.
- Burocracy, mainly related to taxes and importantions is a way lower in Mexico, which make goods, such as cars and eletronics a way cheaper than in Brazil. Importing anything to Brazil and understanding Brazilian tax systems is normally expensive and difficult, which is not the case in Mexico.
- The distancie from USA also plays a role in the last topic. Mexico has more tourism, more Influence in the American and global culture, more American companies in its terriories, more American expats, more English speakers. Mexico has NAFTA, Brazil, Mercosul, which play a less important and noticible role in country’s economy.
- Drug cartels, even strong in both, seem more powerful in Mexico.
- Brazil is ethnically more diverse, and, except in its Northern region, has less noticible Indigenous presence, even many Brazilians in the whole country having ancestry from Native Indians. There are way more blacks and people with partial African ancestry as well as non-Iberican European in Brazil than in Mexico. In both, there are significant Japanese, Syrian-Lebanese and Italian (more specific, Venetian, in most cases) diaspora. Spsnish immigration to Brazil was the third biggest in the numbers of arrivals even largely ignored, while Portuguese immigration to Mexico was a way smaller.
What are the pros and cons of living in Mexico vs Brazil?
I received once a job offer in Mexico and did this comparison, and also have Brazilian friends that lived and still live there. And I almost accepted the offer, but the remuneration package wasn’t even, so why to move?
I can point out some difficulties that Brazilians can find on the move to Mexico. I will use Mexico City as reference compared to Sao Paulo, the cities I know better and the two are both megalopolises.
- Traffic is bad in both, but Mexican drivers are worse… much less respectful of rules and laws.
- Pollution is much worse in Mexico City, due to its high altitude for being located in a valley, surrounded by volcanic mountains, which does not help to dissipate pollution.
- Food may be a problem for Brazilians. It is very tasty and good, but everything has spice on, including fruit salad.
- If you can afford, São Paulo has more top line hospitals.
- Education in general is better in Mexico.
- Security, however, is worse in Mexico, unless you live in Rio de Janeiro, both are tough cities.
- Daily corruption is worse in Mexico: most public services and police will accept bribery. In Brazil corruption is more on big business with government.
- Work ethics. People in Mexico tend to behave more or less likely in Bahia and Rio, differently from Sao Paulo and South Brazil. The rhythm is slower.
- Mexican society is more hierarchical. This does not mean it is either good or bad, just different.
- Electronic goods and cars are cheaper in Mexico, specially you can travel to the border in the US.
- Mexico has more sports variety, is not “all about soccer” like in Brazil, despite the fact they are soccer lovers. But they also enjoy baseball, for example, due to US influence.
- Mexican people are in general nice and friendly, very close to Brazilians on that regard, specially towards Brazilians.
Maybe my vision is biased, but these were the main differences I saw.
The decision to live in Mexico or Brazil depends on various factors, including personal preferences, career opportunities, lifestyle, and individual circumstances. Here are some general pros and cons of living in each country:
- Cultural Richness: Mexico has a rich cultural heritage, with a vibrant arts scene, diverse music, and a unique blend of indigenous and Spanish influences.
- Cuisine: Mexican cuisine is renowned worldwide for its flavors and variety. From tacos and enchiladas to guacamole and mole, there is a wide range of delicious dishes.
- Cost of Living: The cost of living in Mexico can be lower than in many Western countries, making it an attractive option for expatriates or retirees.
- Climate Diversity: Mexico offers a range of climates, from tropical coastal areas to temperate highlands, allowing residents to choose a climate that suits their preferences.
- Security Concerns: Some areas of Mexico, particularly near the U.S. border and certain cities, have experienced security challenges. It’s essential to research and choose your location carefully.
- Traffic and Infrastructure: Traffic congestion and infrastructure challenges can be issues in some urban areas, impacting daily commutes and transportation.
- Natural Beauty: Brazil is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including the Amazon rainforest, beautiful beaches, and the iconic Iguazu Falls.
- Cultural Diversity: Brazil is culturally diverse, with influences from indigenous, African, and European traditions. The country hosts vibrant festivals, such as Carnival, and has a rich music and dance scene.
- Economic Opportunities: Brazil has a diverse economy, offering opportunities in various sectors such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services.
- Economic Inequality: Brazil faces significant economic inequality, with disparities between rich and poor, leading to social challenges in some areas.
- Security Concerns: Some urban areas in Brazil, including certain neighborhoods in major cities, can have security issues. It’s crucial to be aware of local conditions and take precautions.
- Bureaucracy: Brazil is known for its bureaucratic processes, which can sometimes be challenging for both locals and expatriates.
Ultimately, the decision between Mexico and Brazil should be based on personal preferences, career goals, and lifestyle considerations. It’s recommended to conduct thorough research, visit potential locations, and consider factors such as job opportunities, cost of living, climate, and safety before making a decision.
Who is richer, Brazil or Mexico?
Despite seeming different, each of the other answers is kind of right … in their own way.
The overall size of the Brazilian economy, measured in US dollar denominated GDP terms, is nearly twice the size of Mexico’s. So, if by “richer” you mean bigger economy, then Brazil wins by a lot. But I’m not sure that overall size of economy really gets to the question.
In terms of GDP per capita, Brazil still leads — but not by much.
But economists like to look at something called Purchasing Power Parity — i.e., you may have a bit more money than I do but if you live in a higher cost place, I might actually have a better lifestyle. On a PPP basis, the average Mexican has more purchasing power than the average Brazilian — but not by much.
As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, both Brazil and Mexico are large and diverse countries with significant economies. Determining which country is “richer” can be complex and depends on the specific criteria used for comparison. Here are some key economic indicators for both countries:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP):
- Brazil: Brazil has a larger nominal GDP compared to Mexico. It is one of the largest economies in the world.
- Mexico: Mexico has a substantial GDP as well, making it one of the largest economies in Latin America and a major player on the global economic stage.
GDP per Capita:
- Brazil: Brazil’s GDP per capita is generally higher than Mexico’s, but it’s important to note that GDP per capita is an average and may not reflect the distribution of wealth within the population.
- Mexico: Mexico’s GDP per capita is lower than Brazil’s on average, but like Brazil, it varies across different regions of the country.
- Brazil: Brazil has a diverse economy with significant contributions from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services.
- Mexico: Mexico also has a diverse economy, with a strong manufacturing sector, particularly in the automotive industry. It is also a major exporter of oil and petroleum products.
While Brazil has a larger overall GDP and higher GDP per capita, the distribution of wealth and economic conditions can vary within each country. Additionally, economic data can change over time, and it’s essential to consider multiple factors when evaluating the economic well-being of a nation.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information, it is recommended to refer to recent economic reports, international organizations, and reputable financial institutions that regularly publish data on the economies of Brazil and Mexico.
Is Mexico more dangerous than Brazil?
From the point of view of a tourist, in particular a tourist not completely familiar with the language and culture, Mexico is more dangerous.
In 20 years I never had a problem with a taxi driver in Brazil. It is very common for taxi drivers in Mexico to be part of criminality directed at tourists. Not just simple things like overcharging. Lightning kidnapping, where they want $5000 rather than $1 million often involves cab drivers.
Even for tourists, the danger areas of Brazil are limited, known and stable. Mexico has violence that can erupt without warning all over the country. If the Brazilian military and police really focus on a criminal area, they can pacify it in 2 weeks. In Mexico things are out of control.
One advantage of Mexico is large areas with American retirees. If one remained entirely in this area it would be safer than retirement in Brazil.
Crime and safety conditions can vary widely within both Mexico and Brazil, and it’s essential to recognize that each country has regions with different levels of safety. Comparing the overall safety of Mexico to Brazil is challenging because the safety situation can be highly localized and dependent on various factors.
In both Mexico and Brazil, there are areas with higher crime rates, and travelers or residents should be aware of these conditions. It’s important to consider the following points:
- Safety Variances: Safety conditions can vary significantly by region. While some areas, particularly tourist destinations, are generally considered safe, others may have higher crime rates.
- Drug-Related Violence: Certain regions in Mexico have experienced drug-related violence, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border and in some states. Travelers should stay informed about specific areas and exercise caution.
- Tourist Destinations: Popular tourist destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Mexico City are generally safe for tourists, but it’s still advisable to take common-sense safety precautions.
- Urban Areas: Some urban areas in Brazil, particularly certain neighborhoods in major cities, may face security challenges. Cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have areas known for higher crime rates.
- Violent Crime: Brazil has faced challenges with violent crime, including armed robberies and assaults. Visitors should be cautious in unfamiliar areas, especially at night.
- Tourist Areas: Popular tourist destinations, such as parts of Rio de Janeiro, may have a higher police presence and enhanced security measures to protect visitors. However, it’s still important to be vigilant.
In both cases, it’s crucial for individuals to stay informed about the local safety conditions, follow travel advisories, and take precautions such as avoiding risky areas, being cautious with personal belongings, and using reliable transportation services. Consulting with local authorities and experienced travelers can provide valuable insights.
It’s important to note that safety conditions can change, and the information provided here is based on general trends as of my last knowledge update in January 2022. Travelers or individuals considering living in these countries should check for the latest information and guidance from reliable sources before making decisions.
What makes Brazil diffrent then other countries?
The ordinary persons living in it! Unlike many other peoples, Brazilians embrace any culture, language, belief or religion. And welcome everyone with open arms!
The most illiterate citizen will try to understand and help an Englishman, Japanese, American, Jamaican, or anyone, who is lost in any part of any city, even if he does not speak his own language properly (Portuguese and not Spanish). Perhaps this great “acceptance of everything and everyone” is the source of hope and joy of a people massacred by evil politicians.
Brazil is a unique and diverse country, and several factors contribute to its distinctiveness.
Here are some key aspects that set Brazil apart from other nations:
- Size and Geography:
- Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest country in the world by land area. Its vast territory encompasses diverse ecosystems, including the Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal wetlands, and extensive coastlines.
- Cultural Diversity:
- Brazil is known for its rich cultural diversity, influenced by indigenous, African, and European traditions. This diversity is evident in its music, dance, art, and cuisine. Brazil hosts vibrant festivals such as Carnival, which is famous worldwide.
- Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, setting it apart from most other countries in South America, where Spanish is more common.
- Carnival and Samba:
- Brazil is globally renowned for its Carnival celebrations. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of the largest and most famous in the world. Samba, a Brazilian music and dance genre, is an integral part of these festivities.
- Amazon Rainforest:
- Brazil is home to a significant portion of the Amazon rainforest, which is the largest rainforest in the world. The Amazon plays a crucial role in global biodiversity and climate regulation.
- Soccer (Football) Culture:
- Soccer is a major part of Brazilian culture, and Brazil has a storied history in international soccer competitions. The country has produced many legendary players and has won the FIFA World Cup multiple times.
- Economic Power:
- Brazil has one of the largest and most diverse economies in the world. It is a major player in industries such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and services.
- Colonial History:
- Brazil was a Portuguese colony until it gained independence in 1822. The Portuguese influence is evident in aspects of Brazilian culture, including language and architecture.
- Religious Diversity:
- Brazil is home to a diverse range of religious beliefs. While the majority of the population identifies as Christian, there is also a significant presence of Afro-Brazilian religions and other faith traditions.
- Cultural Icons:
- Brazil has produced influential cultural figures in various fields, including literature, music, and cinema. Renowned authors like Machado de Assis and musicians like Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso have left a lasting impact on global culture.
These characteristics make Brazil a unique and fascinating country with a distinctive identity within the global community. Its cultural richness, natural beauty, and economic significance contribute to its prominence on the world stage.
Who has a better future: Mexico or Brazil?
Well… seems like things are turning a bit different than you all thought… From a corruption perspective, the Brazilian government is showing to be far more corrupt than the Mexican government with the Petrobras incident making headlines in all the latin american and Spanish news.
The Brazilian government is showing how incompetent it is at managing it’s country… Brazil’s inflation continues to be way off target, GDP growth is abysmal, the infrastructure index of Brazil is inferior to Mexico’s, Mexico’s free trade agreements with developed nations is unmatched, and if you have never looked at actual crime stats, please do, you will be surprised to find out that Brazil has a much worse crime index than Mexico.
Mexico’s crime is isolated to the northern part of the country (border area), and it is purely related to drug cartels. Brazil’s violence is unjustified uncontrolled crime. My vote is for Mexico.
Predicting the future of any country involves numerous factors, and it’s challenging to make definitive forecasts. Both Mexico and Brazil are large, diverse nations with significant potential and challenges. Various aspects can influence the future trajectory of a country, including economic conditions, political stability, social factors, and global dynamics. Here are some considerations for both Mexico and Brazil:
- Mexico has a strategic geographic location and is a key player in international trade.
- A diverse economy with a strong manufacturing sector, especially in the automotive industry.
- Reforms and trade agreements, such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), can contribute to economic growth.
- Security concerns in certain regions due to organized crime.
- Socioeconomic disparities and issues related to poverty and inequality.
- Dependency on the U.S. economy, making it vulnerable to external economic shifts.
- A vast and resource-rich country with significant agricultural, mining, and energy potential.
- A diverse and dynamic culture with a global influence.
- Increasing global attention and interest in Brazilian industries and natural resources.
- Economic challenges, including a history of inflation and complex tax systems.
- Environmental concerns, particularly related to deforestation and the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.
- Social issues, such as economic inequality and access to education and healthcare.
Ultimately, the future trajectories of Mexico and Brazil will depend on how effectively each country addresses its challenges and capitalizes on its strengths. It’s important to note that unforeseen events, global economic shifts, and domestic policy decisions can significantly impact the future of any nation.
As with any investment or decision-making process, thorough research and analysis are crucial. Additionally, political stability, social cohesion, and the ability to adapt to changing global dynamics will play vital roles in shaping the future of both Mexico and Brazil. It’s advisable to keep track of economic indicators, policy developments, and geopolitical trends for a more accurate assessment.
Do Mexicans feel closer to Brazilians or Americans?
I am a Mexican, who has been in more than 50 countries, US and Brazil are among them.
To be honest, this question is complicated, I think depends a lot on which Mexicans. (socio economic level) since middle income and upper classes, most of them have traveled to US as tourist for shopping, entertainment, speak English to some extent and consume many products and culture from US.
So they probably feel closer to US. On the other hand Brazil has roots that are more similar to Mexico, Sao Paulo is probably the most similar city to Mexico City in the world. (but few Mexicans know this) Both countries love football (the real one, the one Americans call soccer) and dance and enjoy life in similar ways.
In my opinion there has been a major change in the last year that has brought Mexico and US closer. Before this was something we shared with Brazil but not with US. Now the 3 countries are banana republics. With clear cases of corruption (is not new in the US, but now there is not only the legal corrupted system / lobbing in US, but also there have been clear conflicts of interest in the Presidency and other scandals that generally was not the case before) So now that the political system is also a joke in US I think I feel closer to US.
Is Brazil more developed than Mexico?
Not by most indicators. Brazil has continuously lagged in all economic and development factors to be considered “developed” just like Mexico and most Latin American countries. Brazil has the largest nominal economy due to its enormous population but that does not make it a superpower or “‘more developed,” just as india is not considered more developed simply because it has a larger economy than Brazil.
GDP per capita is far below most of its neighbors, especially the southern cone and including Mexico. Human development index is also below the southern cone and Mexico. It will likely stay in the middle-income trap for much longer than it’s neighbors.
As far as manufacturing and exporting, Brazil and Mexico are considered a “newly industrialized nations.” However, Mexico manufactures and exports almost twice as much as Brazil.
It’s important to point out that both nations face extreme inequality with many parts of both countries being highly developed and others severely underdeveloped with rampant crime. Mexico has the richest billionaire in all of Latin America and the most billionaires and millionaires in Spanish speaking America, while Brazil has more millionaires and Billionaires overall but with a much larger population. So, it’s truly impossible to say one is more developed than the other.
What do Brazilians think about Mexico?
Well, I guess I can say that Mexico holds a special place in our hearts, at least in a big portion of the Brazilian hearts.
Some of us might even feel closer to Mexico than from most of our neighbors in South America, but we actually know less about Mexico than we think we do.
We grew up watching Chavo del ocho, El Chapulín Colorado and a lot of Mexican telenovelas, this is the only source of information plenty of Brazilian have about mexicans altogether with the stereotypes sold by the media and Hollywood.
Those who are more educated, let me correct that, those who are more curious or had the chance to visit the country will know about the pre-columbian civilizations, a little bit about the culture, food and will be able to name a few touristics cities + Tangamandapio which is probably not that touristic.
Overall I think that you can rest assured that most of the Brazilians think you guys are much like us, family oriented people with warm open arms who like to party and dance.
My opinion is that in general I like Mexicans, you guys are “buena onda”. I respect Mexico for the country it is becoming, it has a bright future and like Brazil with a big potential to become developed we only need our shitty governments to stop holding us back and improve various segments of our society. Both big, diverse and full of contrasts inside their own territory.
What are the pros and cons of living in Mexico vs Brazil?
I’m a Brazilian living in Mexico and I’m feeling living in my own country, It’s very easy to adapt, we’re welcomed and Mexicans are super nice people. That’s the best pro for me.
- Brazil does not suffer from natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and doesn’t have active volcanoes treating once and awhile.
- There is more investment in technology in Brazil, making it easier to deal with money and government, such as paying for parking and things like that. Mexico still has a widespread use of cash, while Brazil mostly use cards or PIX (an instantaneous on-line transaction through smartphones). Even people selling stuffs on the streets accept PIX.
- There is more respect for traffic laws and pedestrians have priority in Brazil.
- I feel much safer in Mexico. Although Mexicans say their country is dangerous, I’ve yet to see any sinister places that are as scary to look at as those in big Brazilian cities.
- Mexico has better localization. Between Pacific and Atlantic, is a major exporter and is being favored by the current economic geopolitics, which means more job opportunities.
- Better public sanitation and this can be clearly seen in the rivers that cross the cities of both countries. Electricity is a lot cheaper.
Is Brazil connected to Mexico?
Mexico and Brazil have no common border nor common sea. Brazil is at least 7 national borders away from Mexico.
There is a friendliness as part of being two Latin American cultures, and a bit of a friendly rivalry when it comes to Soccer and business (both are the biggest exporters in the region). And their formative history, although a Portuguese and not a Spanish colony, has a lot of parallels with ours, so there’s a lot of stuff that, when reading about the histories of one another, will be instantly recognizable. We don’t use the same language, so we need a neutral language (English) or “Portuñol” (the languages are close enough that, spoken very slowly, are semi-intelligible).
I have met many Brazilians and so far they’ve all been very friendly to Mexicans, and I’d like to think vice-versa.
So there’s sort of a historical and emotional/sociohistorical connection and good relations with one another, if that’s what you are wondering about.
Mexico was home to one of the most sophisticated native American empires, and the relationship with it is still visible in México. Brazil native groups was still in the hunter gatherer age and native american influence is very small in comparison.
Mexico is a mixed society composed mainly of European Spanish and Native Americans. While Brazil is very diverse ethnically and although almost half of it being mixed it is also half european (mainly portuguese, italian and german).
Mexico is one nation that shares similar characteristics from North to South. Brazil on the other hand, due its sheer size and complex geography could be splitted in 5 different countries, each one with its own culture and “vibe”.
Contrary to popular opinion, Brazil is a country that is impossible to label as this or that, and virtually anyone in the world could pass as a Brazilian (even the North Korean dictator Kim Jon Sun had a false Brazilian passport). Brazil is home to many immigrants: From Germans to Japanese while Mexico is mainly Spanish.
Both countries are the largest economies in Latin America, but Brazil outweights Mexico by a long shot. Both countries were an Empire. But Monarchy in Brazil lasted way longer and layed the DNA of Brazil as a country.
Brazil has a much larger territory and population: Mexico has 127 million while Brazil has 207 million people. While both countries were colonized by people from the Iberian Peninsula, and both began as Catholics, Brazil is much more diverse in religion, being the larges spiritist country in the world, the second largest protestant and the largest catholic country in the world.
Brazilian economy is much larger in overall numbers: Brazil has a GDP of 1.7 trillion while Mexico has 1.0., but the same is true about their deficits. Talking about natural resources, Brazil also has a much richer nature… Brazilians are lusophones, Mexicans are hispanics.
What are the biggest differences between Brazil and Mexico?