Colombia: A brief report on the economy, culture, and industry of the country

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Colombia located in the northwestern part of South America is one of many Spanish-speaking countries. Colombia shares a boarder with Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Panama. Colombia's capital and largest city, Bogotá, is located near the center of country.

The climates in Colombia do not change very much due to the fact it is located so close to the equator. But the climates do change due to elevation. Elevations below 300 feet are known as the tierra caliente or the "hot land". The middle regions are known as tierra templada or, in English, the "moderate land". Elevation located 6,500 feet or higher is know as the tierra fría, or the "cold land". The two extremities are not very good for growing crops, but the tierra templada is perfect for Colombia's main export, coffee.

Coffee grows amazingly well in Colombia, causing it to be the countries number one export.

Coffee growing and selling in Colombia is a multi million dollar industry. And with Colombia's climate, altitude, and other factors, it is a perfect coffee plantation. Most coffee is grow independently at citizens homes and farms, then brought to local markets and either purchased by other locals or bought in bulk by larger companies for reselling.

But coffee is not the only export of Colombia. They trade cotton, coal, oil, coffee, bananas, textiles, and other perishable foods. In 1999, the Colombian economy went into a depression, only supported by its exports and not by any of its internal jobs or government. After a few years the Colombian economy has recovered mildly well, as shown in the current exchange of dollars to pesos, about 2,300 pesos per dollar.

Colombia also seems to attract more average tourists per...