Brazil has too much "things" when compared to other south american countries. Natural resources, population, opportunities (if you speak portuguese, or else just forget it). São Paulo alone (Brazil's richest state) is richest than most of the other SA countries combined. We have too much corruption, though; we could easily become a developed country with the right management. Unless you're living in Rio (65% chance thay you're gonna be robbed), Brazil is a "better" place to live.