Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830. The government’s economic policy and democratic security strategy have engendered a growing sense of confidence in the economy, particularly within the business sector, and GDP growth in 2003 was among the highest in Latin America. Colombia is located in Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Panama and Venezuela, and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Ecuador and Panama.

Area: 1.14 million sq km
Population: 45 million
Capital: Bogota
People: 58% Mestizo (of European-Indian descent), 20% European descent, 14% Mulatto (African-European descent), 4% African descent, 3% African-Indian descent, 1% Indigenous
Language: Spanish; Castilian
Religion: Catholic 95%, with the remainder a mixture of traditional, Episcopal & Jewish faiths
Government: Republic
GDP: US$254 billion
Major Industries: Textiles, coffee, oil, narcotics, sugar cane, food processing.
Major Trading Partners: US, EU

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