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Population: 43.7 million

Population Below Poverty: 46.8%

Literacy Rate: 90.4%

Language: Spanish

Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, 10% Other


Colombia

In the 1990s, Colombia frequented newspaper headlines with stories of drug wars and violence. The country has struggled with government control, violence and is still recovering today. Colombia is a relatively large country, about the size of Texas and California combined. The majority of Colombians live in western Colombia, because a significant part of the east is jungle. Like many Latin American countries, music and dance are central to Colombian culture. Spending time with family and friends is extremely important.

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