Last updated on 03 Jan 2019
The Colombia Guide is divided into three sections:
Introduction 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!
1 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.
2 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