Country Guide – Colombia At A Glance
The Colombia Guide is divided into three parts, namely:
♦ At A Glance will give you a basic understanding of this unique Central American country by highlighting its most important features.
♦ Visas & Residency will focus on the most important requirements to make Colombia your home. Coming soon!
♦ Everyday Life covers the topics of safety, healthcare, ownership and cost of living. This section is not meant to cover all conceivable aspect about living in Colombia, nor to be a step-by-step how-to manual. The purpose is to concisely discuss the four most important aspects, as ranked by prospective expats, to give you an overall picture of everyday life. Coming soon!
Colombia in a nutshell
Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. Its landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, has a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs.
Colombia at a glance
- Capital: Bogotá
- Population: 48,7 million
- Largest ethnic groups: mestizo & white (86%), black (11%)
- Official language: Spanish
- Climate: Overall considered as tropical, characterized for having tropical rainforests, savannas, steppes, deserts and mountain climate
- Currency: Colombian peso (COP)
- Neighbours: Five (Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador)
- Ocean access: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean (Caribbean Sea)
- Time zone: UTC -5 hours
- Click here for CIA World Factbook detail on Colombia
- Check here for a list of Colombia embassies/consulates