Colombia


Republica de Colombia
In Northern South America; flat coastal lowlands, central highlands, high Andes Mountains, Eastern lowland plains; 1,138,914 km2 (slightly < 2xTX), 2% arable.

Capital Bogotá (Pop. est. 7.3M)
Population 43.7M (38.4/km2)
Life expectancy 74 years
HIV/AIDS 0.6%
Literacy 90%
Lang(s) Spanish
Religions Roman Catholic 90%, Other 10%
Ethnic Groups Mestizo 58%, White 20%, Mulatto 14%, Black 4%, mixed Black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%
Gov’t Republic
GDP/cap $9,200
PCVs 1961–1981; health, education and agriculture (4638 volunteers served)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 20 July (1810)


Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Spanish: Celebración (sell-ah-bra-see-own)


Books

Bogotá and Beyond
by Jaime Johnson
Book Description
A technical writer by trade, he has been traveling and living throughout the beautiful country of Colombia. A one of a kind guidebook with over 350 photos which also comes with a free e-book with color photos.


Kids' Books

Yeny and the children for peace
by Michelle Mulder
Toronto: Second Story Press, 2008.
Ages12 to 16.


Music

Juanes
Music from Colombia


Films

Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004)


Recipes

Bandeja Paisa/Columbian Mixed Tray
AVENA COLOMBIANA/Colombian Oat Drink