26 Facts That'll Make You Proud To Be Brazilian

    This is why your heart beats for the green, yellow, and blue!

    1. First off, Brazilians are the happiest people on the planet.

    2. "The Girl From Ipanema" was the first Bossa Nova song to become a worldwide hit in the '60s; it won a Grammy for the record of the year in 1965.

    3. Brazil has the most booming economy in all of Latin America, and it's still GROWING.

    4. It is the mother country of football.

    Their national team won two world cups... in a row.

    Then there was a third...

    And a fourth, because they are a sports force to be reckoned with...

    And a fifth because...

    5. Wait, Brazil has won more FIFA World Cup championships than any other country in the history of FIFA World Cups.

    6. Also, it's one of the most diverse countries on planet Earth.

    7. Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist has been translated into 56 languages and has sold over 45 million copies worldwide.

    8. The longest beach in the world belongs to Brazil.

    9. Oscar Niemeyer, the architect who gave Brasília it's flair, is considered to be one of the founding figures of modern architecture.

    He also helped design the UN Headquarters in New York City.

    10. Brazil has more animal and plant species than any other country.

    ... Around 4 million. Here: a Brazilian tapir, squirrel-monkey, and ocelot.

    11. That's probably because of environmental heroes such as Chico Mendes who fought to conserve the Amazonian rainforest.

    12. 180 native languages are still spoken in Brazil today.

    13. Brazil is considered the first country to achieve 100% self sufficiency with their biofuels. Meaning: it depends on nobody for energy.

    14. Brazil is home to one of the 7 Wonders of The Modern World.

    15. Same-sex marriage is legal in Brazil as of May of this year.

    16. Maracanã is the largest soccer stadium in the world.

    17. The Bahian dance "samba de roda" became a part of the UNESCO Heritage of Humanity in 2005.

    18. During Lula's presidency, 10.4% of the Brazilian population rose out of poverty; that's roughly around 21 million people.

    19. Brazil is one out of only 19 countries in the world with a woman leader.

    20. And Brazilians speak one of the richest and most romantic sounding languages out there.

    21. Everyone wants to speak Portuguese, even the President of the United States.

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    22. Let's face it, everybody loves Brazil; it's the 7th most popular country in the world.

    23. Plus, Beyoncé loves it too so...

    24. Brazil is a giant who's not to be messed with, and who has AWOKEN!

    25. And Brazilians never give up hope...

    26. So yes, maybe it's not in perfect order, but it's making remarkable progress everyday!