It's not the tropical weather, and it's not soccer great Pele. It's not even a certain hair removal technique popular in Brazil.
According to the Strange Maps blog, New York and Brazil have roughly the same gross domestic product, though the authors note that this figure is slightly misleading, as the country and our state do not have comparable populations.
Check out the map to see which countries line up with the rest of the states. Our favorites: Algeria (played by West Virginia) and Uzbekistan (played by Wyoming).