Government: Presidential republic
Capital: Bogotá
Area: 1,141,748 sq km (440,831 sq mi)
Population: 42,310,775 (the next census is scheduled for May 2005)
Language:  Spanish
Religions: 95% Catholic, 1% Protestant                                         
Literacy rate: 92.5%
Infant mortality rate: 21.72 per thousand
Life expectancy: 67.58 years (men), 75.41 years (women)
Population below the poverty line:
Exports: Petroleum and derivatives, coal, coffee, bulbs and flowers, plastics, bananas,  cotton products, vehicles, iron alloys, sugar, gold and precious metals
Foreign debt: $28,519,000
Military spending: 3.8% of the GNP
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