Last updated on November 12th, 2017
Food culture in Colombia
#81. Bandeja Paisa, the de facto national meal of Colombia, is not only a meal but a mini representation of the country itself.
#82. Most of the families considered to be of middle-class eat meals that reflect Spanish and indigenous traditions. A day normally consists of a light breakfast, a bigger midday lunch, and a lighter meal in the early evening.
#83. Dinner for the middle-class normally includes fresh fruit, a main dish with fish or meat with rice or potatoes, and a homemade soup.
#84. Specialty dishes are eaten at holidays and a dish associated with the capital is known as ajiaco which is a special stew.
#85. Lower income families eat more carbohydrates that end in a sweet dessert made from panela which is a type of brown sugar
Colombia – country at a glance
|Independence||20 July 1810 (from Spain)|
|Capital City||Bogotá, D.C|
|Largest City||Bogotá, D.C|
|Total area||1,138,910 sq km|
|Population||47,220,856 (July 2016 est.)|
|Government type||presidential republic|
|President||Juan Manuel Santos|
|Vice President||Óscar Naranjo|
|Borders||Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.|
|Life expectancy||75.7 years (2016)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|National anthem||"Himno Nacional de la Republica de Colombia" (National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia)|
|National symbol||Andean condor|
|National colors||yellow, blue, red|
|Climate||tropical along coast and eastern plains; cooler in highlands|
|Terrain||flat coastal lowlands, central highlands, high Andes Mountains, eastern lowland plains (Llanos)|
|Natural resources||petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, hydropower|
|Birth rate||16.3 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||5.4 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.98 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Industries||textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, chemicals, cement; gold, coal, emeralds|
|Exports||$33.64 billion (2016 est.)|
petroleum, coal, emeralds, coffee, nickel, cut flowers, bananas, apparel
|Imports||$47.15 billion (2016 est.)|
industrial equipment, transportation equipment, consumer goods, chemicals, paper products, fuels, electricity
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$14,100 (2016 est.)|
|Time Zone||COT (UTC−5b)|
|Internet country code||.co|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||August 29, 2017|