|Area Total||1,138,910 sq km|
|Climate||tropical along coast and eastern plains; cooler
|Natural Resources||petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel,
gold, copper, emeralds, hydropower
|Imports||$44.24 billion (2017 est.)
partners: US 26.3%, China 19.3%, Mexico 7.5%, Brazil 5%,
Germany 4.1% (2017)
|Population||48.2 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||mestizo and white 84.2%, Afro-Colombian (includes mulatto, Raizal, and Palenquero) 10.4%, Amerindian 3.4%, Romani <.01, unspecified 2.1% (2005 est.)|
|Exports||$39.48 billion (2017 est.) partners: US 28.5%, Panama 8.6%, China 5.1% (2017)|
News about Colombia
- Peace talks with Colombia’s ELN guerrillas ‘about to be resumed’: Petroby Adriaan Alsema on August 8, 2022
Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said Monday that peace talks with guerrilla group ELN “are about to be resumed.” Before taking office on Sunday, the president had already said that he… The post Peace talks with Colombia’s ELN guerrillas ‘about to be resumed’: Petro appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.
- Colombia’s largest paramilitary group announces unilateral ceasefireby Adriaan Alsema on August 8, 2022
A pamphlet signed by the AGC announced an immediate unilateral ceasefire by Colombia’s largest paramilitary organization on Sunday. In the online announcement, the paramilitary organization said that they had “declared… The post Colombia’s largest paramilitary group announces unilateral ceasefire appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.
- The men and women who will govern Colombia in the coming yearsby Adriaan Alsema on August 8, 2022
President Gustavo Petro has picked some of Colombia’s most senior politicians and social activists to govern the country in the coming four years. Finance: José Antonio Ocampo Finance Minister José… The post The men and women who will govern Colombia in the coming years appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.
- 'The war on drugs has failed': Colombia's first leftist president calls for peace and unity – videoon August 8, 2022
Colombia’s first leftist president has been sworn into office, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups.Gustavo Petro said he was willing to start peace talks with armed groups across the country. He also called on the US and other developed nations […]
- Colombia’s first leftist president says war on drugs has failedby Associated Press on August 8, 2022
At his swearing in Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla, says the country is getting a ‘second chance’ to tackle violence and povertyColombia’s first leftist president has been sworn into office, promising to fight inequality and bring peace to a country long haunted by bloody feuds between the government, drug traffickers and rebel groups.Gustavo Petro, […]
- Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia’s first leftist Presidentby Richard Emblin on August 7, 2022
In a ceremony attended by heads of state from across South America, and in the presence of Liberator Simón Bolívar's sword, Gustavo Petro was sworn in as Colombia's 42 President.
- Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia’s new presidentby Adriaan Alsema on August 7, 2022
Former opposition leader Gustavo Petro was formally sworn in as president of Colombia in the capital Bogota on Sunday. The ceremony was filled with symbolism stressing the historic nature of… The post Gustavo Petro sworn in as Colombia’s new president appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.
- The 23-year-old fashion designer dressing Colombia’s first black female vice-presidentby Joe Parkin Daniels in Medellín on August 6, 2022
When Francia Márquez became the South American country’s VP elect, she chose the unknown Esteban Sinisterra Paz to create her outfitsEsteban Sinisterra Paz, a 23-year-old fashion designer from Colombia’s conflict-ridden and impoverished Pacific region, had not long started his career when he received a call from a history-making client.Francia Márquez […]
- Duque ends term with “gratitude” from Bogotá’s Claudia Lópezby The City Paper Staff on August 5, 2022
In one of his last official acts as President of Colombia, Iván Duque co-financed the construction of the Bogotá Metro's Line 2 underground subway.
- Colombia to seek decriminalization of drugs despite US objectionsby Adriaan Alsema on August 5, 2022
Colombia’s incoming government wants to decriminalize illicit drugs despite the government of the United States, which insists on a disastrous prohibition policy. The effort to end the prohibition of illicit… The post Colombia to seek decriminalization of drugs despite US objections appeared first on Colombia News | Colombia Reports.
- Rare hummingbird last seen in 2010 rediscovered in Colombiaby Graeme Green on August 5, 2022
Birdwatcher ‘overcome with emotion’ on spotting the Santa Marta sabrewing, only third time it has been documentedA rare hummingbird has been rediscovered by a birdwatcher in Colombia after going missing for more than a decade.The Santa Marta sabrewing, a large hummingbird only found in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, was last seen […]
- The Almojábana’s journey from Caliphate to Colombiaby Claudia Mahedy on August 4, 2022
One of Colombia's most favorite sweet breads, enjoyed any time of day, is the almojábana, and food that can trace its history to the moorish kitchen.
- Bolívar’s sword to be shown at Petro inaugurationby Richard Emblin on August 3, 2022
One of Simon Bolivar's swords will be presented during Gustavo Petro's Presidential inauguration on August 7, and symbol of the former M-19 guerrilla.
- Culto Pacific redraws Bogotá’s culinary map from Chocóby Richard Emblin on August 2, 2022
A recently opened Bogotá restaurant at the heart of the city's La Candelaria - Culto Pacific - draws its culinary inspiration from Colombia's Pacific litoral and its food diversity.
- Celebrating the Black Jesus – a photo essayby Jair Coll on August 1, 2022
In Quinamayó, a town in south-west Colombia inhabited by the descendants of black enslaved people, Christmas is celebrated in February, 45 days after the traditional date of the birth of Jesus Christ, because the town’s residents were not allowed to use the same date as their slaversThe Messiah was born in February. Quinamayó’s ancestors, black people […]