As Pope Francis was welcomed by myriads of Brazilians and visitors from all over the world in his first journey outside the city of Vatican since his inauguration, many visitors were astonished regarding the incredibly high prices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
In a country where the officials who hold political power wastefully utilize the taxes collected, a large pizza costs $30; a baby crib costs $440, 6 times that of one in the United States; and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is sold for twice the price of $615 in the U.S.
"It is shocking given the services we receive for giving the government our money," said Fernando Bergamini, a 38-year-old graphic designer, as he comments on the 27% sales tax he paid during one day's groceries: $25 out of the $92 he spent was given to the government for the tomatoes, beans and bananas he had purchased.
"Seeing it like this on a piece of paper makes me feel indignant," Bergamini expressed his disgust over the tax to pay.
Inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo dish out a much larger portion of their monthly pay on transportation than those who are in Paris or in New York. The price of renting an apartment in Rio has also ascended above that of Oslo, Norway, the capital of the country that is overflowing in oil revenue.
On average, it costs residents of São Paulo an average of 106 hours of work to purchase an iPhone. In contrast to the average of 35 hours in North America, it costs around 3 times longer for them to receive enough salary to buy the highly coveted item.
To purchase a Big Mac in Chicago, it would cost 11 minutes of work time, but for one who lives in São Paulo, it would cost them 39 minutes instead.