Country Profile - Colombia

Name: Republic of Colombia

Location: Northwest of South America

Time: IST (-) 10 1/2 hrs

Capital: Santa Fe de Bogota

Language: Spanish (official)

Area:1,141,748 sq kms

Population: 44,725,543 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 20 Jul (Independence Day)

Currency: Colombian Peso (COP).

Climate: The climate is very warm and tropical on the coast and in the north, with a rainy season from May to November. This varies according to altitude. It is cooler in the upland areas and cold in the mountains. Bogotá is always spring-like, with cool days and crisp nights.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 11 Nov Independence of Cartagena City. 8 Dec Immaculate Conception. 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Avianca AV

International Airports: El Dorado (Bogota), Rnesto Cortissoz (Barranquilla), Palmaseca (Cali) (CLO), Crespo (Cartagena)