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Humanosphere World Cup: How countries compare off the soccer field

The World Cup kicks off today with Brazil facing Croatia. The host nation is the favorite to win it all, with Germany, Argentina and others making the case for the golden trophy. While the teams will compete on the pitch for the month of June, how do they stack up when it comes to development indicators?

Which country is the happiest? Which is the least corrupt? Where are women more equal? Where is it best to be a mother?

The answers to those questions and more can be found below in our handy interactive map. Click around and see how each country is performing back at home.


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]