5 Facts About Colombia
- Colombia is the largest supplier of flowers to the United States, accounting for more than two-thirds of U.S. flower imports.
- Colombia is the only country in South America with coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
- Colombian coffee is widely considered to be among the best in the world. UNESCO made Colombia’s coffee region a World Heritage Site in 2011.
- Colombia has the second largest population in South America, after Brazil, and the third largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico and Spain.
- Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is located at an altitude of 8,660 ft. above sea level making it one of the highest capital cities in the world.
Colombian Nobel Peace Prize Winners
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. The Colombian civil war took the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people. The award can also be seen as a tribute to all parties who have contributed to the peace process, including the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.
More [Nobel] Peace [Prizes] for Colombians. In 1982 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. He received this prize for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic combine in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.
Read about both Colombian Peace Prize winners here.
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