Republic of Colombia

República de Colombia  (Spanish)
Motto: "Libertad y Orden" (Spanish)
"Freedom and Order"
Anthem: Himno Nacional de la República de Colombia  (Spanish)
(English: "National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia")
Location of  Colombia  (dark green) in South America  (grey)
Location of  Colombia  (dark green)

in South America  (grey)

and largest city
4°35′N 74°4′W / 4°35′N 74°4′W / 4.583; -74.067
Official languagesSpanish
English is also official in the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. a
Recognized regional languages68 local languages and dialects.
Ethnic groups
GovernmentUnitary presidential constitutional republic
• President
Iván Duque
Marta Lucía Ramírez
Ernesto Macías
José Luis Barceló
Chamber of Representatives
Independence from Spain
• Declared
July 20, 1810
• Recognized
August 7, 1819
• Last unitarisation
July 4, 1991
• Total
1,141,748 km2 (440,831 sq mi) (25th)
• Water (%)
8.8 (17th)
• May 2018 estimate
49,996,445[3] (29th)
• 2005 census
• Density
40.74/km2 (105.5/sq mi) (173rd)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$791.995 billion[4] (31st)
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$355.163 billion[4] (32nd)
• Per capita
Gini (2017)Positive decrease 50.8[5]
HDI (2017)Steady 0.747[6]
high · 90th
CurrencyPeso (COP)
Time zoneUTC−5b (COT)
Date formatdd−mm−yyyy (CE)
Driving sideright
Calling code+57
ISO 3166 codeCO
  1. Although the Colombian Constitution specifies Spanish (Castellano) as the official language in all Colombian territory, other languages spoken in the country by ethnic groups – approximately 68 languages – each is also official in its own territory.[7] English is also official in the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.[8]
  2. The official Colombian time[9] is controlled and coordinated by the National Institute of Metrology.[10]

Colombia (ə/ (About this soundlisten) LUM-bee-ə, m-/ -⁠LOM-; Spanish: [koˈlombja] (About this soundlisten)), officially the Republic of Colombia (Spanish: About this soundRepública de Colombia ),[Note 1] is a sovereign state largely situated in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America. Colombia shares a border to the northwest with Panama, to the east with Venezuela and Brazil and to the south with Ecuador and Peru.[11] It shares its maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.[12] Colombia is a unitary, constitutional republic comprising thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogota.

Colombia has been inhabited by various indigenous peoples since 12,000 BCE, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and the Tairona. The Spanish arrived in 1499 and by the mid-16th century conquered and colonized much of the region, establishing the New Kingdom of Granada, with Santafé de Bogotá as its capital. Independence from Spain was achieved in 1819, but by 1830 the "Gran Colombia" Federation was dissolved, with what is now Colombia and Panama emerging as the Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886. Panama seceded in 1903, leading to Colombia's present borders. Beginning in the 1960s, the country suffered from an asymmetric low-intensity armed conflict and rampant political violence, both of which escalated in the 1990s. Since 2005, there has been significant improvement in security, stability, and rule of law.[13]

Colombia is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world, with its rich cultural heritage reflecting influences by indigenous peoples, European settlement, forced African migration, immigration from Europe and the Middle East. Urban centres are mostly located in the highlands of the Andes mountains and the Caribbean coast.

Colombia is among the world's 17 megadiverse countries, and the most densely biodiverse per square kilometer;[14] its territory encompasses Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland and coastlines along both the Caribbean and Pacific.

Colombia is a middle power and regional actor in Latin America.[4] It is part of the CIVETS group of six leading emerging markets and a member of the UN, the WTO, the OAS, the Pacific Alliance, and other international organizations.[15] Colombia's diversified economy is the fourth largest in Latin America, with macroeconomic stability and favorable long-term growth prospects.[16][17]


Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus

The name "Colombia" is derived from the last name of Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo, Spanish: Cristóbal Colón). It was conceived by the Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda as a reference to all the New World, but especially to those portions under Spanish rule (by then from the Mississippi river to Patagonia). The name was later adopted by the Republic of Colombia of 1819, formed from the territories of the old Viceroyalty of New Granada (modern-day Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and northwest Brazil).[18]

When Venezuela, Ecuador and Cundinamarca came to exist as independent states, the former Department of Cundinamarca adopted the name "Republic of New Granada". New Granada officially changed its name in 1858 to the Granadine Confederation. In 1863 the name was again changed, this time to United States of Colombia, before finally adopting its present name – the Republic of Colombia – in 1886.[18]

To refer to this country, the Colombian government uses the terms Colombia and República de Colombia.

Other Languages
Acèh: Kolombia
адыгабзэ: Коломбие
Afrikaans: Colombia
Alemannisch: Kolumbien
አማርኛ: ኮሎምቢያ
Ænglisc: Colombia
العربية: كولومبيا
aragonés: Colombia
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܩܘܠܘܡܒܝܐ
arpetan: Colombie
asturianu: Colombia
Avañe'ẽ: Kolómbia
Aymar aru: Kuluwya
azərbaycanca: Kolumbiya
تۆرکجه: کولومبیا
Bân-lâm-gú: Colombia
башҡортса: Колумбия
беларуская: Калумбія
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Калюмбія
भोजपुरी: कोलंबिया
Bikol Central: Kolombya
Bislama: Colombia
български: Колумбия
Boarisch: Kolumbien
bosanski: Kolumbija
brezhoneg: Kolombia
буряад: Колумби
català: Colòmbia
Чӑвашла: Колумби
Cebuano: Colombia
čeština: Kolumbie
Chamoru: Colombia
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Colombia
chiShona: Colombia
corsu: Colombia
Cymraeg: Colombia
dansk: Colombia
davvisámegiella: Colombia
Deutsch: Kolumbien
ދިވެހިބަސް: ކޮލަންބިއާ
dolnoserbski: Kolumbiska
डोटेली: कोलम्बिया
eesti: Colombia
Ελληνικά: Κολομβία
español: Colombia
Esperanto: Kolombio
estremeñu: Colómbia
euskara: Kolonbia
eʋegbe: Colombia
فارسی: کلمبیا
Fiji Hindi: Colombia
føroyskt: Kolumbia
français: Colombie
Frysk: Kolombia
furlan: Colombie
Gaeilge: An Cholóim
Gagauz: Kolumbiya
Gàidhlig: Coloimbia
galego: Colombia
贛語: 哥倫比亞
Gĩkũyũ: Colombia
ગુજરાતી: કોલમ્બિયા
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐌺𐍉𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌼𐌱𐌾𐌰
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: कोलंबिया
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Colombia
한국어: 콜롬비아
Hausa: Colombia
հայերեն: Կոլումբիա
हिन्दी: कोलम्बिया
hornjoserbsce: Kolumbiska
hrvatski: Kolumbija
Igbo: Colombia
Ilokano: Colombia
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: কলম্বিয়া
Bahasa Indonesia: Kolombia
interlingua: Colombia
Interlingue: Columbia
Ирон: Колумби
isiXhosa: IsiColombia
isiZulu: IKolombiya
íslenska: Kólumbía
italiano: Colombia
עברית: קולומביה
Basa Jawa: Kolombia
Kabɩyɛ: Kolombi
kalaallisut: Colombia
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಕೊಲೊಂಬಿಯ
Kapampangan: Colombia
ქართული: კოლუმბია
қазақша: Колумбия
kernowek: Kolombi
Kinyarwanda: Kolombiya
Kiswahili: Kolombia
Kongo: Kolombia
Kreyòl ayisyen: Kolonbi
kurdî: Kolombiya
Кыргызча: Колумбия
кырык мары: Колумби
Ladino: Kolombia
لۊری شومالی: کولومبیا
latgaļu: Kolumbeja
Latina: Columbia
latviešu: Kolumbija
Lëtzebuergesch: Kolumbien
лезги: Колумбия
lietuvių: Kolumbija
Ligure: Colombia
Limburgs: Colombia
lingála: Kolombi
Lingua Franca Nova: Colombia
Livvinkarjala: Kolumbii
la .lojban.: kolombias
lumbaart: Culumbia
magyar: Kolumbia
македонски: Колумбија
Malagasy: Kolombia
മലയാളം: കൊളംബിയ
Malti: Kolombja
मराठी: कोलंबिया
მარგალური: კოლუმბია
مازِرونی: کلمبیا
Bahasa Melayu: Colombia
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Colombia
монгол: Колумб
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကိုလံဘီယာနိုင်ငံ
Nāhuatl: Colombia
Dorerin Naoero: Korombiya
Nederlands: Colombia
नेपाली: कोलम्बिया
नेपाल भाषा: कोलोम्बिया
日本語: コロンビア
Napulitano: Colombia
нохчийн: Колумби
Nordfriisk: Kolumbien
Norfuk / Pitkern: Colombia
norsk: Colombia
norsk nynorsk: Colombia
Novial: Kolombia
occitan: Colómbia
олык марий: Колумбий
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: କଲମ୍ବିଆ
Oromoo: Kolombiyaa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Kolumbiya
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਕੋਲੰਬੀਆ
Pangasinan: Colombia
پنجابی: کولمبیا
Papiamentu: Colombia
Patois: Kolombia
ភាសាខ្មែរ: កូឡុំប៊ី
Piemontèis: Colombia
Tok Pisin: Kolambia
Plattdüütsch: Kolumbien
polski: Kolumbia
português: Colômbia
Qaraqalpaqsha: Kolumbiya
qırımtatarca: Kolombiya
română: Columbia
Romani: Kolombiya
rumantsch: Columbia
Runa Simi: Kulumbya
русиньскый: Колумбия
русский: Колумбия
саха тыла: Колумбия
Gagana Samoa: Kolomupia
संस्कृतम्: कोलोम्बिया
sardu: Colòmbia
Scots: Colombie
Seeltersk: Kolumbien
Sesotho sa Leboa: Kolombia
shqip: Kolumbia
sicilianu: Colombia
Simple English: Colombia
slovenčina: Kolumbia
slovenščina: Kolumbija
ślůnski: Kolůmbijo
Soomaaliga: Kolombiya
کوردی: کۆلۆمبیا
Sranantongo: Kolombikondre
српски / srpski: Колумбија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kolumbija
Basa Sunda: Kolombia
suomi: Kolumbia
svenska: Colombia
Tagalog: Colombia
Taqbaylit: Kulumbya
татарча/tatarça: Колумбия
తెలుగు: కొలంబియా
tetun: Kolómbia
тоҷикӣ: Кулумбия
Türkçe: Kolombiya
Türkmençe: Kolumbiýa
удмурт: Колумбия
українська: Колумбія
اردو: کولمبیا
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: كولومبىيە
Vahcuengh: Colombia
vèneto: Cołonbia
vepsän kel’: Kolumbii
Tiếng Việt: Colombia
Volapük: Kolumbän
Võro: Colombia
walon: Colombeye
文言: 哥倫比亞
West-Vlams: Colombia
Winaray: Colombia
Wolof: Koloombi
吴语: 哥伦比亚
Xitsonga: Colombia
ייִדיש: קאלאמביע
Yorùbá: Kòlómbìà
粵語: 哥倫比亞
Zazaki: Kolombiya
Zeêuws: Colombia
žemaitėška: Kuolombėjė
中文: 哥伦比亚