Country: Colombia

Population: 44,379,598

Capital: Bogota

Time Zone: UTC-5

Currency Name: Colombian peso (COP)

Government Type: Republic; executive branch dominates government structure

Languages: Spanish

Ethnic Breakdown: mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%

Religion: Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%

Major Cities: Bogota, Cali, Medellin

Phone Country Code: 57

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.idct.gov.co/

High Travel Season: December - March

Voltage: 110 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 8 (Epiphany), March 19 (St. Joseph's Day), May 1 (Labor Day), May 21 (Ascension Day), June 11 (Corpus Christi Day), June 18 (Sacred Heart Day), July 2 (St. Peter & St. Paul), July 20 (Independence Day), August 7 (Battle of Boyaca's Day), August 20 (Assumption Day), October 12 (Columbus Day), November 5 (All Saints Day), December 8 (Conception Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Columbia has the second happiest population in the world.