Quick Facts

  • Population is 45.2 million
  • Capital is Bogota with 8.2 million
  •  75% of people live in urban areas.
  • Collapse of GRAN COLOMBIA in 1830 led to creation of Colombia, Equador, and Venezula.
  • Insurgent and Paramilitary groups still fighting for control of government and country.
  • Leading Cocaine producer in the world.
  • Flooding in 2010-201 caused over 6 billion in damages, and severely hurt the economy.
  • Climate is Tropical near coast, and cooler inland.
  •  Economy highly dependent on oil export.
  • Agriculture, Services and Industry make up the labor force.
  • Official language is Spanish, 90% of population is Roman Catholic.
  • 11.2% unemployment
  •  46% live below poverty line, but 90% of population is literate.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Republic.  Chief of State and Government: President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality is 8.5 per 1,000.  2.12 births per woman.
  • Infant mortality is 15.9 per 1,000.
  • Life expectancy is 74.9 yrs.
  • Healthcare Expendature is 6.4% of GDP.
  • Physician density is 1.3 per 1,000.
  • Hospital bed density is 1 per 1,000.
  • HIV rate is 0.5%, with 160,000 currently infected.
  • Disease risk: High.
  • Prevalent diseases: Bacterial Diarrhea, Denge & Yello fevers, Malaria, and Leptospirosis.
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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