Colombia: Did you know?                                     

  • The official name of Colombia is the Republic of Colombia.

 

  • The name “Colombia” is derived from the last name of the explorer Christopher Columbus.

 

  • Colombia is the only country in South America that has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

 

  • Colombia is classed as a “megadiverse” country, ranking as the 2nd most bio-diverse country in the world. It has the highest amount of species by area in the world, including the most endemic species of butterflies, the most orchid species, the most amphibian species and more species of bird than all of Europe and North America combined.

 

  • The area covered by modern day Colombia was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes called Muisca, Quimbaya and Tairona.

 

  • Colombia is the world's leading source of emeralds and its coffee is world-renown.

  • The correct way to spell Colombia is with two letter “o’s” and not with a letter “u” which is a common mistake.