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This Country Was Just Named The Happiest In The World, Again

The results of WIN/ Gallup International Association‘s annual global end of the year survey are in, and the happiest country in the world is … COLOMBIA!

The survey, released Thursday, polled 66,040 people from 68 countries across the globe between September 2015 and December 2015, and asked respondents: “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very, unhappy about their own lives? ”

According to the survey, 87 percent of Colombians polled said they were happy, and only 2 percent said they were unhappy, dedicating them a “net happiness score” of 85 percent — twenty points above the global median and nearly double the score of the United States.

So what’s Colombia’s secret to happiness? After all, this isn’t the first time Colombia has topped the listing. While the survey results didn’t go into the particulars of what made some countries happier( or more optimistic or hopeful) than others, we have some idea of why Colombia reigns supreme in the happiness department. Allow us to break it down for you.

Here are 9 reasons why we believe Colombia is the happiest country in the world.

The Amazing Location

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At the tip-off of the South American continent, Colombias location devotes its dwellers and tourists unique access to both the Atlantic( Caribbean Sea) and the Pacific Ocean. Apart from its renowned tropical beaches, the country can offer visitors a chance to explore the Amazon rainforest, climb the Andes or Sierra Nevada mountains( including the countrys snowy peak, highest point, and the worlds tallest seaside mountain Pico Cristbal Coln ), journey through tropical grasslands, trek through the Tatacoa Desertand more.

Its Love Of Ftbol

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United by their love of ftbol — Colombians rarely miss a chance to socialize over a good football match. Whether its celebrating for La Seleccin Colombia or facing defeat, Colombians wear their yellow, blue and red with pride. Over the past months, Colombian football superstar Radamel Falcao, from the Club Atltico de Madrid, rose to prominence as he led both his club and national squads to stunning victories .~ ATAGEND Recently El Tigre( The Tiger) became the first player in a decade to score five objectives in a La Liga( Spanish club league) match. The footballers impressive performance has furthermore helped the Colombian national team become a competitive force within the South American qualifies for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Incredible Weather

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While many know the country as a tropical paradise due to its locating near the Equator, its rich ecosystems are possibly due to its varied climate zones( rainforest, savanna, steppe, desert, mountain climate, etc .). There are no striking seasonal changes throughout the year and Colombias temperature varies based on elevations and rainfall. Best of all, about 86 percentof the country has the tropical climate known and loved by those wishing to visit a sunny paradise.

Two Terms: Colombian Coffee

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Ahh yes, if theres one thing Colombia has always been synonymous with, its delicious freshly ground coffee. The Eje Cafetero( Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis ), also known as the Tringulo del Caf , located within the Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindo departments is home to what many consider the best coffee in the world. Fun fact: The figure of Juan Valdez that represent the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia is not based off a real person. The fictional poncho-wearing character widely referenced abroad( remember that scene from Bruce Almighty ?) is simply used to represent Colombian coffee farmers.

The Delicious Food

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Ajaco, Sancocho, Bandeja Paisa, Mojarra — might be the real reason Colombians need the Ciclovas to exercise on during the course of its weekends. With delicious typical stews hailing from different corners of the country, Colombians hardly absence gastronomic splendor. Staples of the country are red beans, rice, arepas, empanadas, plantains, among others. But when that plate is cleared off dont forget dessert! Arequipe( caramel-like spread) with brevas( figs) or obleas( this wafers) are a favorite, otherwise Arroz con Leche( rice pudding) or buuelos( cheese fritters) can top off any dinner! Pictured is a Bandeja Paisa.

Bogots Ciclovas

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Since 1974, on Sundays and national holidays the countrys capital closes its usually congested main roads to give Bogots residents a chance to walk, run, motorcycle, skate, skip, hop, etc. In other terms, from 7 AM to 2 PM Colombian families and tourists can use the over 75 miles of asphalt as their playground. The capital city, Bogot, has the most extensive network of cycle routes in Latin America( and is a competitive force for the top spot in the world ).

Its Emphasis On Rest

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Only bested by Argentina, Colombia has the second largest number of national holidays in the world. With 18 public holidays and an average of 15 paid vacation days, its clear that the matter is South American country values rest. In comparing, the U.S. has 10 public holidays and about 10 paid vacation days. Most Colombians take advantage of the long weekends off, also known as puentes festivos, to travel within the country with friends and family.

The Beautiful Women

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Its no secret that one of Colombias best known riches are its females — its very beautiful females. While beauty of course remains in the eye of the beholder, whether its on the Miss Universe stage or on the small screen, Colombianas like Sofa Vergara, Shakira, Danna Garca and Ariadna Gutierrez are always sure to turning heads. beautiful females. While beauty of course remains in the eye of the beholder, whether its on the Miss Universe stage or on the small screen, Colombianas like Sofa Vergara, Shakira, Danna Garca and Ariadna Gutierrez are always sure to turning heads.

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

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It’s not enough to have astonishing biodiversity and ethnic diversity — you need to celebrate it. Colombia has the worlds biggest theater festival( Festival Iberoamericano ), salsa festival and flower procession. It also has the second biggest carnival in the world !