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Countries of the World: Colombia
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Economy of Colombia GDP (2008): $140.8 billion; base year 2000: $93.7 billion. Annual growth rate (2009 est.): -0.1%. Per capita GDP (purchasing power parity; IMF 2009): $8,205. Government expenditures (2009): 27.6% of GDP. Natural resources: Coal, petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, nickel, gold, silver, copper, platinum, emeralds. Industry (19% of GDP): Types--textiles, garments, footwear, chemicals, metal products, cement, cardboard containers, plastic resins and manufactures, beverages, wood products, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electrical equipment. Agriculture (8% of GDP): Products--coffee, bananas, cut flowers, cotton, sugarcane, livestock, rice, corn, tobacco, potatoes, soybeans, sorghum, cocoa beans, oilseed. Cultivated land--8.2% of total area. Services (64% of GDP): Government, personal and other services--17.5%; financial services--18.1%; commerce--13.4%; transportation and communications services--7%; construction and public works--5%; electricity, gas, water--2.7%. Taxes (9% of GDP): Includes taxes on imports, products, and the value-added tax. Trade: Exports (2008)--$37 billion: petroleum, coffee, coal, nickel, emeralds, apparel, bananas, cut flowers. Major markets--U.S., Venezuela, Ecuador, Switzerland, Peru, Chile. Imports (2008)--$39 billion: machinery/equipment, grains, chemicals, transportation equipment, mineral products, consumer products, metals/metal products, plastic/rubber, paper products, aircraft, oil and gas industry equipment, supplies, chemicals, electricity. Major suppliers--U.S., China, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela.
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Geography of Colombia Area: 1.14 million sq. km. (440,000 sq. mi.); about the size of California and Texas combined; fourth-largest country in South America. Cities: Capital--Bogota (pop. 2005: 6.7 million). Other major cities include Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, and Cartagena. Terrain: Flat coastal areas, with extensive coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, three rugged parallel mountain chains, central highlands and flat eastern grasslands. Climate: Tropical on coast and eastern grasslands, cooler in highlands.
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Government of Colombia Type: Republic. Independence: July 20, 1810 (from Spain). Constitution: July 5, 1991. Branches: Executive--president (head of state and government). Legislative--bicameral Congress. Judicial--Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Council of State, Superior Judicial Council. Administrative divisions: 32 departments; Bogota, capital district. Major political parties: Colombian Conservative Party, Colombian Liberal Party, Social National Unity, Radical Change, Alternative Democratic Pole, Party of National Integration, and numerous smaller political movements. Suffrage: Universal, age 18 and over.
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Map of Colombia This Map of Colombia shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Bogota the capital of Colombia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
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Official Name of Colombia The Official Name of Colombia is the Republic of Colombia. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
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People of Colombia Nationality: Noun and adjective--Colombian(s). Population (May 2009): 44.91 million. Annual population growth: 1.4%. Religion: Roman Catholic 90%; other 10%. Language: Spanish. Education: Years compulsory--9. Attendance--80% of children enter school. Only 5 years of primary school are offered in many rural areas. Literacy--93% in urban areas, 67% in rural areas. Health: Infant mortality rate--18.9/1,000. Life expectancy-- total population 72.81 yrs., men 68.98 yrs., women 76.76 yrs. Ethnic groups: Mestizo (58%), white (20%), Mulatto (14%), black (4%), mixed black-Amerindian (3%), and Amerindian (1%).
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