Brazil tackling income inequality ahead of World Cup
19 February 2014 Last updated at 16:05 GMT
Beyond the excitement of the World Cup and Carnival, Brazil is tackling many problems which resonate around the world including income inequality and worries about an economic downturn.
The government has made a big push to lift people out of poverty. In the last decade alone, 40 million Brazilians have entered the middle class.
But as the BBC's Katty Kay reports from Rio de Janeiro, it's just a start.
Produced by Kate Farrell; filmed by Chuck Tayman