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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fun Facts About Colombia

- Colombia is the only South American country that has coast on both oceans, Pacific and Atlantic. It has a total landmass of roughly 1,140,000 square kilometers, which is about 27 times the size of the Netherlands.

- Colombia has the world’s greatest diversity of orchid species (3,500) and birds (1,754 species). It ranks second in amphibians and third in reptile species. Out of the 14,000 species of butterfly in the world, about 3,000 of them, or 20%, are found in Colombia.

- 95% of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia and is the first Latin American producer of gold, silver, coal and ferronickel.

- 12% of the world’s coffee is produced in Colombia.

- At the region of Chocó, located in the Pacific region, it rains approx 10.000 mm per year.

- Colombia’s literacy rate: 92.5%

- Colombia is the world’s third-leading producer of women’s lingerie.

- According to the New Economic Foundation Happy Planet Index, Colombia has the second happiest population of the World (Not sure whether this is related to lingerie production though!). Vanuatu Island (Pacific Ocean / Population: 209,000) is at number one in this ranking.

Posted by Manuel • Comments (12)
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  • Good wishes for your adventure! keep us updated and don’t forget--- loads of pictures please.

    Location: japan
    08/03/26 10:01 AM

    • Hey there beautiful people.

      Have the most brilliant and safe time away.  You will be blown away by the beauty of the land and the smiles and hearts of all the people you meet.  Safe travels always, M, Belle & Con

      Mavir Jimenez
      Location: Sydney
      08/03/26 10:08 AM

      • Thanks for the interesting facts on Colombia. Sounds like a very dynamic country.

        Have an amazing trip! I’m sure you will.

        (Note: Population of Vanuatu needs three 0’s adding 209 -> 209,000 wink

        Andrew Shuttleworth
        Location: Tokyo, Japan
        08/03/26 10:38 AM

        • Your honeymoon plan sounds very interesting and fun.
          I think I have told you before but Ivebeen to Colombia-Bogota to visit my friend 6 years ago. It have so many good memories from there.

          Hope you enjoy the long journey with Manuel!

          08/03/27 07:57 PM

          • Have a great time! Will look forward to hearing more about your adventures as the weeks progress. Bon Voyage!

            Location: Tokyo
            08/03/29 02:38 PM

            • Hey guys, enjoy this experience of a life time! I am sure you’ll have lots and lots to tell when you get back.  So have fun, relax, take care and take lots of pictures.  I’ll be thinking about you everyday...actually I’m jelous.

              Love & Kisses


              Ana Maria Arias
              Location: Cairns - Australia
              08/03/31 09:38 PM

              • A lot of things look great in Colombia !(and the other countries) For sure you will come back with great stories! We follow you both.
                Sending our love.

                Location: Noordwijkerhout
                08/04/02 06:47 PM

                • Hi Brechtje & Manuel,

                  Good to read some positive facts about Colombia, which is “only” in the news here (France) when anything happens around the (non-)release of FARC-hostages.

                  Have a great trip!
                  Que se vayan bien

                  Peter & Susan

                  BTW: Colombia’s not the only South-American country bordering on both the Atlantic and the Pacific: Chile (through their Isla Navarino, south of Tierra del Fiego) does as well; in fact, technically speaking, Colombia does not border on the Atlantic ocean, but on the Caribbean Sea ...

                  Location: French Pyrenees
                  08/04/06 05:19 AM

                  • Thx 4 the facts!

                    09/06/29 05:35 AM

                    • colombia is tuley beautiful it is an amazing trip
                      and me well my whole family is from there
                      we might have our ups and downs with stuff but still everything is anamazing thing
                      the food the islands the family the smell of the food and the kids playing outside some even with family
                      most have to walk or ride a bus or have cars
                      but from some they would rather take the fresh air in
                      my family lives close to eachother all around
                      we are from cali colombia i was born here but all the family from there we have those things we can never let go but some things yuu hold forever and that is a life changing exprince yuu learn spanish and meet knew people
                      well thanks for listning i have lots more if yuuu wanna hear just let me know

                      Location: san diego california
                      09/12/09 10:45 AM

                      • Nice article. Thank you for this info

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                        Location: USA
                        10/09/16 02:38 PM

                        • smirk Thanks for the info good for school projects grin

                          11/03/07 05:18 PM

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