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Background Colombia is the third-most populous country in Latin America after Brazil and Mexico Movement from rural to urban areas has been heavy The urban population increased from 57 of the total population in 1951 to about 74 by 1994 Thirty cities have a population of 100000 or more Their population is about 42 million people with an annual growth of 18 The Republic of Colombia is roughly 12 million km in area or about the size of Texas Arkansas and New Mexico combined Its capital city is Bogot with a population of 6 million The religion is primarily Roman Catholic and the official language is Spanish The education is nine years compulsory but in most rural areas children are only offered about five of those years Colombia is a republic nation gaining their independence in 1810 They have six different branches of government including the executive legislative judicial constitutional council of state and superior judicial The main parties are the conservative and the liberal The per capita GDP of Colombia is 2087 Their natural resources include Coal petroleum natural gas iron ore nickel gold silver copper platinum and emeralds They have quite a bit of manufacturing which is made up of textiles and garments chemicals metal products cement cardboard containers plastic resins and manufactures and beverages Also included in their GDP is agriculture Some of their agricultural products are coffee bananas cut flowers cotton sugarcane livestock rice corn tobacco potatoes soybeans and sorghum Some other sectors include Financial services commerce transportation and communications services mining and quarrying construction and public works electricity gas and water Colombias trade is as follows Exports--145 billion 2001 projected petroleum coffee coal ferronickel bananas flowers chemicals and pharmaceuticals textiles and garments gold sugar cardboard containers printed matter cement plastic resins and manufactures emeralds Their major export markets are the US Germany Netherlands and Japan Their 127 billion 2001 projected in imports include machineryequipment grains chemicals transportation equipment
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