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World Cup 2030: Chile to join Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in joint bid  BBC Sport

Chile will join Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in making a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.

BBC Sport
Paraguay and Juan Carlos Osorio part ways by mutual consent  ESPN

Juan Carlos Osorio is no longer head coach of Paraguay after he and the country's football association announced they would part ways by mutual consent.

Paraguay seizes largest cocaine cargo in country’s north  Washington Post

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Authorities in Paraguay say they have seized more than two tons of cocaine in the country's north in the biggest seizure of the drug in ...

Washington Post
Paraguay: Calm Oasis  Global Finance

Paraguay has worked at increasing its macroeconomic stability, with notable success.

Global Finance
Paraguay's underground economy  World Finance

Having waged war against Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, Francisco Solano López's belief that he was South America's answer to Napoléon ended up as ...

World Finance
In Paraguay, Rapid Deforestation Is the Price of an Economic Boom  World Politics Review

Paraguay’s opposition party recently proposed an alternative to mandatory military *service* for conscription-age youth: replanting trees in depleted forests.

World Politics Review
Paraguay recognizes Venezuela's Guaido as interim president  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan President Mario Abdo recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president on Wednesday, tweeting ...

Ciudad del Este - A window into Paraguay  The Daily Star

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay's second largest city, is famous. But perhaps not for the more conventional reasons. Set on the tri-border with Brazil's Foz do Iguaçu ...

The Daily Star
Bitfury to Launch Bitcoin Mining Centers in Paraguay With New Partnership  Cointelegraph

Bitfury partners with Seoul-based p2p research firm to launch several mining centers and a cryptocurrency exchange in Paraguay.

Bitfury, Korean partner set up crypto mining operations in Paraguay  CoinGeek

Cryptocurrency miner manufacturer Bitfury has teamed up with South Korean firm Commons Foundation to set up a network of crypto mining facilities in ...

Little Rock's Dos Rocas gives a nod to Paraguay  Arkansas Times

Arkansas Times readers named it the "Best New" restaurant in Central Arkansas.

Arkansas Times
Missionary families evangelize indigenous towns in Paraguay  Catholic News Agency

Some 60 people belonging to the Communities of Missionary Families conducted a mission beginning Jan. 1 in a series of towns on the Paraguay River.

Catholic News Agency
Roberto Rojas talks Almiron to Newcastle United, Paraguay, and more  Newcastle Toons

One of the key media players in Newcastle United's pursuit of Almiron, Roberto Rojas gives us a breakdown of the new Magpie, their native country, and more!

Newcastle Toons
South America review: Olimpia remain top power in Paraguay  FanSided

Olimpia moved top of the table as the only unbeaten and untied team in Paraguay. Read about this and more as we track soccer news from across ...

Paraguay Pathfinders Speak Indigenous Language to Reach the Community  Adventist Review

More teenagers from indigenous communities are joining the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Paraguay, thanks to the friendship and warmth of the welcome ...

Adventist Review
Taiwan invests US$150 million in Paraguay | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS  Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Taiwan plans to invest US$150 million over a period of five years to finance cooperation projects in Paraguay, the Ministry of Foreign ...

Focus Taiwan News Channel
Taiwan pledges to work with Paraguay on trade, infrastructure | Politics  Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) Taiwan expects to work hand in hand with Paraguay to advance bilateral trade and investment and develop public infrastructure to create ...

Focus Taiwan News Channel
Paraguay outlines US$1.5bn PPP and turnkey agenda  Business News Americas

BNamericas is the business intelligence tool for Latin America with data, news, analysis and events to identify job opportunities, projects, companies and ...

Business News Americas
Miguel Almiron: Newcastle United sign playmaker for club record fee of £20m  BBC Sport

Newcastle have broken their transfer record to sign Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United for about £20m. It beats the £16m they ...

BBC Sport
Brazil’s Violent Drug Trade Overruns Paraguay: ‘Scenes You Only See in Movies’  The New York Times

Some of Brazil's most powerful gangs have established a foothold in neighboring Paraguay, importing havoc as they export guns and drugs. One man is at the ...

The New York Times
Outrage in Paraguay after Brazil cartel boss kills woman in his prison cell  The Guardian

Marcelo Pinheiro's murder of Lidia Meza, 18, in an apparent attempt to avoid extradition, highlights a culture of impunity.

The Guardian
Paraguay: Floods - Nov 2018  ReliefWeb

On 29 October 2018, the Paraguay Agency Information (IP) published an updated report regarding the severe weather situation in the county; at least 2,100 ...

Paraguay cuts diplomatic ties with Venezuela after Maduro sworn in  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan President Mario Abdo said on Thursday he was cutting diplomatic ties with Venezuela and was immediately withdrawing his ...

Should Paraguay invest its energy wealth in bitcoin ‘mining’ or fighting poverty?  The Guardian

The Itaipú dam is already enriching some, and they believe the country should invest more in cryptocurrency, while others argue it should spread Itaipú's bounty ...

The Guardian
Paraguay Wants Investors to Know It's More Stable Than Neighbors  Bloomberg

After a volatile year for Latin America and developing nations overall, Paraguay's new central bank chairman Jose Cantero wants to remind global investors ...

Paraguay and Israel in spat over Jerusalem embassy  BBC News

Paraguay's new government has announced that it will move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv - just three months after shifting it to Jerusalem. President ...

BBC News
Commentary: How Paraguay dumped billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market  Channel NewsAsia

Paraguay's illicit tobacco trade enabled the rise of illicit tobacco products across Latin America, one observer points out.

Channel NewsAsia
Paraguay: a road trip way off the Gringo Trail  Financial Times

On a journey taking in 18th-century missions, remote cattle ranches and wildlife-rich wilderness, Nick Middleton finds a beguiling destination ripe for rediscovery.

Financial Times
Paraguay eyes services sector for growth  UNCTAD

A burgeoning global services sector has Paraguay interested in expanding its own to create jobs and growth. UNCTAD has completed intensive reviews of ...

A Defiant Interview in a Jail Cell, Soon to Turn Into a Murder Scene  The New York Times

In a prison interview, a drug lord called Paraguay “the land of impunity.” Hours later, it was hard not to interpret those words as a blood bath foretold.

The New York Times
Forced labour in Paraguay: the darkness at the bottom of the global supply chain  The Guardian

Experts believe that action is urgently needed to expose horrifying labour conditions across Paraguay's Chaco region.

The Guardian
Juan Carlos Osorio's Paraguay to face Mexico in March  ESPN

Paraguay boss Juan Carlos Osorio will face off against his former employers Mexico in March, returning to the scene of El Tri's 7-0 loss vs. Chile.

The story behind why Paraguay followed the US and moved its embassy to Jerusalem  PRI

It's been two months now since the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem. The embassy opened May 14 to official fanfare while dozens died the same day along ...

Afro-descendants in Paraguay celebrate their roots  SBS News

Paraguayan descendants of African migrants keep their mixed culture alive with a yearly festival of dance and music.

SBS News
More Than 130 Guns Go Missing, Paraguay Police Say; Toy Replicas Left Behind  NPR

Officials in Paraguay are investigating the apparent theft of dozens of weapons, after a cache of automatic rifles that were kept at a police station were found to ...

Air advisors begin new partnership with Paraguayan air force  Air Force Link

The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron completed a mobile training team mission with the Paraguayan air force, or FAP, in Asuncion, Paraguay from ...

Air Force Link
How an army of volunteers helped Paraguay to conquer malaria  The Guardian

Paraguay is the first South American country to eradicate malaria. But neighbouring cases are mounting – and climate change threatens to spread the disease.

The Guardian
Poway High's Team Spyder offers robotics mentoring to students in Paraguay  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Poway High School's award-winning robotics team, Team Spyder, is using its influence and talent to help students in other countries start robotics teams.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Investigation reveals illegal cattle ranching in Paraguay's vanishing Chaco  Mongabay.com

South America's Gran Chaco is a hot, semi-arid biome that stretches from eastern Bolivia down through western Paraguay into Argentina, barely touching Brazil ...

Taiwan’s long relationship with Paraguay continues to pay off  The Economist

NO PLACE on Earth is farther from Paraguay than Taiwan, its antipode. Yet Asunción, Paraguay's steamy capital in the heart of South America, is full of symbols ...

The Economist
New Paraguayan President Abdo Benítez sworn in  BBC News

Right-wing politician Mario Abdo Benítez is sworn in as president after victory in April elections.

BBC News
Osorio not waiting to put his stamp on Paraguay  ESPN

Juan Carlos Osorio's first selections reflect Paraguay's presence all over the world, including a strong contingent based in the United States.

In Paraguay, fighting for women’s rights means fighting the past  PRI

The 14-year-old had been raped and denied an abortion. Three years ago, a similar story made headlines in Paraguay: a 10-year-old girl had been raped by ...

U.S. Vice President Pence pressures Paraguay over Jerusalem embassy move  Reuters

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Paraguay's new president to stick to his predecessor's decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pence's office ...

How One Project Is Going to Save Trees In Paraguay Via Blockchain  Cointelegraph

Sponsored. A group of German entrepreneurs have come up with a blockchain-based project that aims to help save trees in Paraguay, one of the countries most ...

Turkish, Paraguay presidents agree to strenghten ties in historic visit  Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Paraguayan counterpart Mario Abdo Benitez agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations during a meeting ...

Hurriyet Daily News
Executive Football Programme launched in Paraguay  FIFA.com

The first-ever edition of the Executive Football Programme, an initiative backed by FIFA and CONMEBOL, with the cooperation of the International Centre for ...

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria  The New York Times

But the infection is surging elsewhere, particularly in the Americas.

The New York Times
'President' For a Day, Schoolgirl in Paraguay Shines Light on Violence, Equality  Voice of America

Nara, an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Paraguay, has optimistic dreams of becoming a engineer, and dark fears of sexual attacks that have befallen several of her ...

Voice of America
Prosecution of Paraguay judges over peasant 'massacre' ruling could undermine rule of law: UN expert  UN News

The planned prosecution of Supreme Court judges who acquitted 11 peasant farmers jailed over the death of police officers during a violent land eviction in ...

UN News
International Friendly Report: Bafana Bafana v Paraguay 20 November  Soccer Laduma

Percy Tau scored with the final kick of the game to earn Bafana Bafana a 1-1 draw against Paraguay in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Tuesday evening.

Soccer Laduma
Can Paraguay's Dysfunctional Education System Be Reformed?  World Politics Review

Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about education policy in various countries around the world. The Paraguayan government, led by freshly ...

World Politics Review
GALLERY: Bafana hold Paraguay to a draw | Daily News  Independent Online

Durban - Euphoric scenes played out at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday night after Bafana equalised against Paraguay in the 93rd minute of the match ...

Independent Online
WHO certifies Paraguay malaria-free  World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) today certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since ...

World Health Organization
Paraguay's blue gold, by Guillaume Beaulande  Le Monde Diplomatique

The country has more water than anywhere else in Latin America, but its huge underground reserves are threatened by over-exploitation and (...)

Le Monde Diplomatique
Paraguay's new president recalls an old dictatorship  The Conversation - US

Paraguay's conservative president-elect Mario Abdo narrowly won the April 22 election. His father was the private secretary for dictator Alfredo Stroessner, who ...

The Conversation - US
His Father Aided a Dictator. Paraguay Elected Him President.  The New York Times

The conservative Colorado Party held power with a close victory by Mario Abdo Benítez, son of a key figure in the Stroessner dictatorship.

The New York Times
Bafana's Nelson Mandela Challenge opponents Paraguay arrive in Durban on Thursday  TimesLIVE

Paraguay arrive in Durban on Thursday for their friendly against Bafana Bafana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday and will bring a 24-man squad that ...

Paraguay tribe joins search for missing Austrian tourist  BBC News

An indigenous group has joined the search for a 62-year-old Austrian man who went missing in a national park in Paraguay three weeks ago. Wilhelm Wabnegg ...

BBC News
Americas region looking Forward in Paraguay and Costa Rica  FIFA.com

An increase in financial resources, with effective oversight and investment targeting football development: this is the key premise of the globally-focused FIFA ...

Football: Fourteen-year old wunderkind makes history in Paraguayan derby  Channel NewsAsia

ASUNCION: Aged 14, Fernando Ovelar is not old enough to drive, to vote or to drink but he is old enough to play professional football for Cerro ...

Channel NewsAsia
Fremont, Paraguay officials sign sister city accord  Fremont News Messenger

Fremont and Villa Hayes in Paraguay sign sister city agreement 140 years after Rutherford B. Hayes arbitrated a land deal in Paraguay's favor.

Fremont News Messenger
Angry pageant fans react to Paraguayan beauty queen 'cooking show' post  ABS-CBN News

The winner of the 2018 Miss Grand International caught the ire of beauty-pageant fans after she wrote a post on Instagram that allegedly discredited the Miss ...

Paraguay hopes to launch first satellite in 2021  AL DIA News

Paraguay's Space Agency is currently focused on training its personnel and sparking children's interest in astronomy and space, so as to guarantee a future for ...

Where to eat seafood in carnivorous Paraguay  Roads and Kingdoms

The best budget fish platter you've ever had in a landlocked country—and maybe anywhere.

Roads and Kingdoms
WHINSEC Leaders help Paraguay with Medical Training Course  United States Army

Paraguay's president issued an order establishing a new Emergency Medical Response course after a successful presentation of the course.

United States Army
Paraguay man surprises family at his own wake  BBC News

A man from the small village of Santa Teresa in Paraguay returned home after three days away to find his family mourning a body they thought was his.

BBC News
Paraguay agriculture minister among four dead in plane crash: official  Reuters

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting and three others died when the twin engine airplane carrying them to the capital Asuncion ...

Sentence upheld for former Paraguayan mayor convicted of instigating 2014 murder of Pablo Medina  Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

There has been another advancement in the case of the 2014 murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina and his assistant Antonia Almada. An appeals ...

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Former Brazilian mayor starts serving sentence 14 years after murder of Paraguayan radio journalist  Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Almost 15 years after ordering the murder of Paraguayan radio host Samuel Romã, former Brazilian mayor Eurico Mariano will begin serving his 17-year prison ...

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
Turkey completes procedures to open embassy in Paraguay  Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey has completed the necessary legal procedures to open its embassy in Asuncion in Paraguay, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sept. 23.

Hurriyet Daily News
Former Mexico coach Osorio to lead Paraguay  Channel NewsAsia

Juan Carlos Osorio, who guided Mexico to the last 16 of this year's World Cup in Russia, has been appointed as coach of Paraguay, the South ...

Channel NewsAsia
Paraguay: A Country with Many Opportunities in Precision Agriculture  PrecisionAg

Paraguay is a country located in South America with a population of 6.8 million people, with much of its territory bordered by Brazil. Many people around the ...

Death on the Paraguay-Brazil Border  NACLA

In the eastern department of Canindeyú in Paraguay, close to the Brazilian border and far from any town or village, lays the small farmer's colony Ko'ê Porã.

Haunted by ghosts of its dictatorship, Paraguay set to pivot back to the right in election  The Guardian

The military regime of Alfredo Stroessner jailed, tortured and 'disappeared' opponents. Now the son of Stroessner's private secretary is likely to become ...

The Guardian
Why Paraguay moved its embassy to Jerusalem and back again in 16 weeks  Jewish Chronicle

Few countries have moved their embassies twice in the space of three months, but Paraguay has done just that, transferring its embassy in Israel back from ...

Jewish Chronicle
BID Invest's $5 Million Notes Offering in Paraguay  Global Legal Chronicle

Ferrere advised BID Invest on the transaction. BID Invest executed its offering of $5 Million Notes in Paraguay. IDB Invest finance projects to advance clean ...

Global Legal Chronicle
Paraguay: A Hidden Gem in the Agrichemicals Market  Agribusiness Global

Whenever agchem players think of the South American markets, Brazil will be the one that comes to mind. It became the world's largest agchem market a few ...

Agribusiness Global
Paraguay police kills three presumed Red Commando members  UPI News

Paraguayan police on Wednesday killed three presumed members of the Brazilian criminal organization Comando Vermelho, or Red Commando.

UPI News
Long Overdue, Can an Anti-Corruption Surge in Paraguay Last?  World Politics Review

In recent months, there has been a surge of protests in Paraguay against dirty politicians of all stripes that has already claimed several high-profile targets.

World Politics Review
After Signs of Progress, Paraguay Turns Its Back on LGBT Rights  OZY

As South America becomes more liberal, this landlocked nation is in reverse.

Paraguay to have its first woman president  News24

Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down ahead of schedule.

Goldman and JPMorgan Need to Woo Paraguay to Win Its Business  Bloomberg

Paraguay's Finance Minister Benigno Lopez has a message for investment banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan: if you want me, then woo me.

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: 'We have no better friend,' Netanyahu says  Haaretz

Paraguay officially moved its country's embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, with President Horacio Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime ...

Osorio has big plans for Paraguay  FIFA.com

Juan Carlos Osorio is a busy man. *Fresh* from leading Mexico to the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the Colombian has just accepted his second ...

Fremont to celebrate with its first sister city  Fremont News Messenger

Fremont and Paraguayan city Villa Hayes will become sister cities on Monday, 140 years after President Hayes settled land dispute in Paraguay's favor.

Fremont News Messenger
TIGO Selects Ericsson to Upgrade its Network in Paraguay and Honduras  PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by Millicom's TIGO to modernize its radio access network (RAN) ...

US advisers begin partnership with Paraguayan air force  AirForceTimes.com

The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron conducted a mobile training team mission with the Paraguayan air force, or FAP, in Asuncion, Paraguay from ...

Paraguay Struggles to Overcome Challenges in Crop Substitution  Insightcrime.org

A group of farmers in Paraguay announced they might return to marijuana cultivation, revealing the limits and challenges that crop substitution programs are ...

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a light sentence have been suspended, ...

Crux: Covering all things Catholic
Fremont signs sister city agreement with Villa Hayes, Paraguay  WTOL

FREMONT (WTOL) - Did you know that Fremont native, President Rutherford B. Hayes is a National Hero for the South American Country of Paraguay?

Paraguay election: Mario Abdo Benítez victory recalls brutal dictatorship  The Guardian

Abdo Benítez, son of Alfredo Stroessner's private secretary, defeats centre-left coalition in narrow win for the right.

The Guardian
Korean girl finds Sabbath in Paraguay  Adventist News Network

Sung Hye Choi is South Korean, but she has never lived in South Korea. Sung Hye was born in the South American country of Paraguay. Her parents were ...

Adventist News Network
Paraguay calls in UK envoy over tweet on freed peasants  Fox News

The Paraguayan government expressed "discomfort" Monday over a tweet by Britain's ambassador that reacted to the acquittal of peasants convicted in the ...

Fox News
How Paraguay dumps billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market  The Conversation - Canada

The history of Paraguay's role in the global illicit tobacco trade, and its implications.

The Conversation - Canada
Six MLSers named to Juan Carlos Osorio's first Paraguay squad  MLSsoccer.com

Juan Carlos Osorio named his first Paraguay squad with a heavy MLS influence. Atlanta United duo Miguel Almiron and Tito Villalba, Red Bulls' Kaku, New York ...

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mario Abdo Benitez  Whitehouse.gov

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Paraguay to attend the Inauguration of His ...

Aphria set to supply Paraguay with medical cannabis in new agreement  Cannabis Business Worldwide

Aphria Inc. has signed a Letter of Intent with Insumos Medicos S.A., a Paraguayan pharmaceutical manufacturing, import and distribution company, to enter into ...

Cannabis Business Worldwide
Paraguay: Acquittal of campesinos accused in Curuguaty case is a victory for human rights  Amnesty International

The decision of the Paraguay Supreme Court of Justice to acquit 11 people and order the release of four campesinos (peasant farmers) who remained in prison, ...

Amnesty International
Pup Guardiola? Stray dog is ‘assistant’ to head coach of football team in Paraguay  The Guardian

Paraguayan second-tier side Club Sporting 2 de Mayo have a secret weapon in their bid to reach the top flight – a stray dog who has become part of their ...

The Guardian

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Paraguay (; Spanish pronunciation: [paɾaˈɣwaj]; Guarani: Paraguái, [paɾaˈɰwaj]), officially the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish: República del Paraguay; Guarani: Tetã Paraguái), is one of only two landlocked countries in South America (the other is Bolivia). It is bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").Spanish conquistadores arrived in 1524 after navigating northwards from the Río de la Plata to the Paraná River, and finally up the Paraguay River. In 1537, they established the city of Asunción, which was the first capital of the Governorate of Paraguay and Río de la Plata. Paraguay was the epicenter of the Jesuit Missions, where the Guaraní people were educated and introduced to Christianity and European culture under the direction of the Society of Jesus in Jesuit reductions, mainly during the 17th century. However, after the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territories in 1767, Paraguay increasingly became a peripheral colony, with few urban centers and settlers. Following independence from Spain at the beginning of the 19th century, Paraguay was ruled by a series of authoritarian governments who generally implemented nationalist, isolationist and protectionist policies. This period ended with the disastrous Paraguayan War, during which Paraguay lost at least 50% of its prewar population and around 25–33% of its territory to the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. In the 20th century, Paraguay faced another major international conflict – the Chaco War – against Bolivia, from which the Paraguayans emerged victorious. Afterwards, the country entered a period of military dictatorships, ending with the 35 year regime of Alfredo Stroessner that lasted until he was toppled in 1989 by an internal military coup. This marked the beginning of the "democratic era" of Paraguay.With around 7 million inhabitants, Paraguay is a founding member of Mercosur, an original member of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Lima Group. Also, the city of Luque, in Asuncion's Metropolitan Area, is the seat of the CONMEBOL. The Guarani culture is very influential and more than 90% of the people speak different forms of the Guarani language. Paraguayans are known for being a very happy and easy-living people and many times the country topped the "world's happiest place" charts because of the "positive experiences" lived and expressed by the population.