Facts About Colombia
Colombia is a country located in South America best known for its beautiful scenery, majestic mountains, world-famous coffee and exotic flowers.
Geography of Colombia
Colombia is located in the northwestern part of South America. Some of Colombia's neighboring countries include Panama, Venezuela, Brazil and Ecuador. Colombia is unique to South America in that its coastlines border both the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean, which has made this country a desirable vacation spot. Colombia has also gained fame for its hot climate during the day and cool climate at night. Colombia's close proximity to the equator and high altitude mountains attribute to the cool weather, and its Caribbean Sea border to the country’s hot weather. In Bogota, Colombia’s capital, you can expect a year-round climate of about 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Colombia is almost twice the size of Texas and about equal to the area of Portugal, France and Spain combined. Along with the beautiful scenery, Colombia also has natural hazards. Colombia's active volcanoes have made their mark in history.
People of Colombia & Government
Colombia is home to about 44 million people. The official spoken language of Colombia is Spanish, and 90% of the population is Roman Catholic.
The official name for Colombia is Republic of Colombia. Colombia is run by a republic government, in which the executive branch dominates. Colombia elects a president every four years. Colombia gained its independence from Spain on July 20, 1810 and continues to celebrate their independence.
Colombia is of the 3 emerging countries from the collapse of "El Gran Colombia" (which originally consisted of Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia) in 1830. Visit the CIA's World Factbook site for Colombia for more detailed information.
Culture of Colombia
Colombia is filled with rich culture from the native musical sounds of Cumbia to Colombia's array of native cuisine that always leaves you wanting more. Cumbia is a mixture of Native Colombian, Spanish and African Music.