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Colombia a Narrative Report Geography Colombia or its official name the republic of Colombia is located in South America neighboring the Caribbean Sea as well as the Pacific Ocean It is also situated south of Panama west of Venezuela and Brazil and north of Peru and Ecuador The total area is 1138910 sq km which makes it the fourth largest country in South America Because of Colombias position the climate varies between the different altitudes Its between 24 to 27C along the coast and plains and can descend to -18 to 13C in the highlands Colombia is the wealthiest country in mineral resources It is the leading source of emeralds and a major contributor in platinum gold silver copper and natural gas Colombia has many natural hazards and issues It sometimes experiences earthquakes droughts and the highlands are exposed to volcanic activity It is currently experiencing some environmental problems because of car pollution and pesticides Colombia is also suffering deforestation and poor soil quality which can be contributed to the slash-and-burn farming methods Linguistics and the People The Colombian population in July 2002 was estimated to be 41008227 people The life expectancy for females is estimated to be 75 years while the male expectancy is estimated at 67 years The ethnic structure of Colombia is assortment of different races Nearly 58 of the population is Mestizo which is a mix of Spanish and Native American Approximately 14 are Mulatto which is a mix of black and white close to 20 is of European descent While the remaining 8 are Native Americans Blacks and people of mixed race The dominant religion at 90 is Roman Catholic and the main language spoken is Spanish The literacy rate currently stands at approximately 91 of the total population over the age of 15 can read and write Culture Colombia has a very rich culture full of art festivals theaters and various sports In
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