When thinking about Colombia most people think about Pablo Escobar and drugs but this country has so much more to offer. We therefore thought to create a list with the 19 most amazing fun facts about Colombia most people have never heard about. If you are interested in fun facts about other countries make sure to also check out our country facts category.
1. Colombia is home to pink dolphins. It is one of the unique animals that can only be found in Colombia.
2. With over 47 million people Colombia has the second largest Spanish-speaking population. Only Mexico is home to more Spanish-speaking people.
3. In the early 1980s, Pablo Escobar was responsible for 80 percent of the world’s cocaine production.
4. Drug baron Pablo Escobar offered Colombia to pay off the country’s entire foreign debt of 20 billion dollars if it did not extradite him to the USA.
5. Colombia is the only country in South America that has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
6. Colombia is by far the world’s largest producer of emeralds. In some years it was even constituting 95 percent to the world production.
7. Pablo Escobar – the world’s biggest drug lord – had so much cash that he had to spend 2,500 dollars a month on rubber bands that held his money together.
8. For radio and public television in Colombia it is mandatory to play the national anthem every day at 6 am and 6 pm.
9. Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the world’s highest coastal mountain range. Scientist have found out that during the last 170 million years it has moved 1,367 miles (2.199 kilometers) from Peru into the territory of Colombia.
10. Bogotá in Colombia is the fourth highest capital in the world. Only Thimpu in Bhutan, Quito in Ecuador and La Paz in Bolivia lies higher.
12. Medellín in Colombia was once “the murder city of the world” with 17 murders every day in 1991.
13. The Colombian river “Caño Cristales” is commonly called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow” as it appears in five different colors which are caused by a special type of plant living on the riverbed.
14. The drug lord Pablo Escobar had so much cash in his home that rats ate about a billion dollars of his wealth per year.
15. With 18 public holidays Colombia has the fourth highest number of public holidays in the world. Only Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India have more public holidays.
16. The Titanoboa was the largest snake to ever have lived. The 46-foot-long animal, which weighed more than 1.3 tons, haunted the Colombian rainforest some 60 million years ago.
17. The name of the country Colombia is derived from the last name of explorer Christopher Columbus.
19. At its widest point, from Colombia all the way to Indonesia, the Pacific Ocean is wider than the moon. This expanse of ocean is 12,300 miles across, which is more than five times the diameter of the moon. Read here even more space facts.
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General Fun Facts about Colombia
Apart from the above listed fun facts about Colombia you might also be interested in some more general facts about that country. See them here:
|Total Area||440,831 sq mi (1,141,748 km²)|
|President||Iván Duque Márquez|
|Vice President||Marta Lucía Ramírez|
Last Update: March 1 2020.