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Liberty And Order

 

General


Population: 44,725,543 (2011)
Land Area: 1,138,700 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, hydropower
Capital: Bogota
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Juan Manuel Santos Calderon (2010)
Languages: Spanish
Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, Other 10%
Major Ethnicities: Mestizo 58%, Caucasian 20%, Mulatto 14%, African 4%, Mixed African-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%
Life Expectancy: 74.55 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 283.1 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 431.9 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 9,800 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 4.4% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 9.3%, Industry 38%, Services 52.7% (2010)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 18%, Industry 13%, Services 68% (2010)
Industries: Textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, chemicals, cement; gold, coal, emeralds
Agriculture Products: Coffee, cut flowers, bananas, rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, cocoa beans, oilseed, vegetables; forest products; shrimp
Human Development Index: 0.710 (87th)
Tourism Revenue: 1.34 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (2010)

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Army Size: 207 000 (2004)
Budget: 3.4% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation

 

Colombia is located in South America, it is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. Colombia has been plagued by political violence since the 1960s, but in recent years the violence has been decreasing. Colombia has a strong economy the 4th largest in South America, the economy finds its strength in abundant natural resources and a highly literate population. An election is currently in process with a second round run-off coming up soon, Juan Manuel Santos looks set to win and he will most likely continue on the same path as Alvaro Uribe in terms of policies.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: Colombia
The Economist: The World In 2010
Wikipedia: Colombia
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/COL.html