Interesting facts about Colombia


Posted on Oct 5, 2021      30


Beautiful country Colombia, former Spanish colony, still looks the same in some places as it did three hundred years ago. Your local towns are a haven for antique enthusiasts and lovers of colonial architecture, because although they are not wealthy, many of the historical buildings have been preserved. But when planning a trip to Colombia, you should keep in mind that the country is not safe even for the locals, not to mention tourists.

Facts about Colombia

  • It borders 10 other countries.
  • Colombia is one of the top 8 most polluting countries.
  • Of all the countries in the world, Colombia has the 2nd highest amount of species diversity in the world, with over 54,000 different species of living creatures. And the palm in this nomination belongs to neighboring Costa Rica.
  • The population of the whole of Colombia is twice as big as the population of Shanghai, China, the largest city in the world.
  • The Colombian capital, Bogota, was founded by Spanish conquerors on the ruins of the Chibcha Indian civilization in the 16th century.
  • Drug lord Pablo Escobar, who was once the richest man in the world, was a Colombian.

  • There is a city in this country called “Armenia”.
  • Colombians rarely carry cell phones for fear of being robbed. But there are people at almost every street corner who will give you a phone for a fee. Of course, they are guarded by their comrades.
  • Panama was once part of the Republic of Colombia.
  • Because Bogotá, the Colombian capital, lies about 2,600 meters above sea level, it is quite cool here. In the history of observations, the temperature has never risen above +25.8 degrees, and once was even recorded frost of -6.4 degrees.
  • Colombia is the second largest coffee producer in the world, second only to Brazil.
  • In Colombia, when you come to a cafe, especially a street one, the locals, if possible, never sit with their backs to the entrance. For safety reasons.
  • Colombia is among the sunniest countries in the world.
  • The percentage of the Spanish-speaking population in Colombia is higher than in Spain itself.
  • Colombia ranks 4th among all Latin America countries in terms of economic development.
  • An asteroid, a mountain and a cape in Canada, and a river that flows through North America are also named Colombia.
  • It is not customary to take off your shoes upon entering a house in Colombia. Floors here are usually made of tile, which always stays cold and is easy to clean.
  • Bogota consistently ranks among the most dangerous cities in the world.
  • Colombians sometimes put salty cheese in their coffee.
  • Bogota Airport is the largest in Latin America.
  • The official symbol of Colombia is the condor bird, one of the largest in the world. The wingspan of the condor can reach 2.5-3 meters.

  • Colombia is about the size of Spain, Portugal, and France combined.
  • About 95% of emeralds in the world are mined in Colombian mines.
  • Colombia got its name after Christopher Columbus.
  • In some Colombian nightclubs at the entrance are forced to turn on belts with buckles, as it is believed that such a belt wrapped around the fist is no less dangerous than a brass knuckle.
  • There are over 3,500 species of orchids in Colombia.
  • About 70 percent of all flowers sold in U.S. flower stores are imported from Colombia.
  • Experts estimate that Columbians drink an average of 400 billion cups of coffee a year.
  • There are 15 active volcanoes in Colombia.
  • Women did not get the right to vote until 1957.
  • Colombians have won only one gold medal in the Olympic Games in women’s weightlifting.

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