Don’t be scared! This isn’t your mom’s Colombia (even if your mom is “Modern Family” superstar Sofia Vergara). The cartels and revolutionaries have either been tamed or pushed to the fringes, urban economies are being revitalized and once-dangerous cities are becoming hipster bait. Prepared to be deliciously caffeinated and awed by stunning biodiversity as we head to this scenic South American nation, where business dress differs by region, and patience is a plus in meetings.
Colombia is the 11th stop on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
Get ready for a peck on the cheek…
…and please don’t bring death flowers to a dinner party
Fast Culture Facts for Colombia
- 50.4 million – with a relatively low population density of 41 people per square kilometer. The population is largely concentrated along the Caribbean coast and Andean highlands. Colombia is the third-most populous country in all of Latin America and home to the third-largest number of Spanish-speaking people in the world after Mexico and the U.S.
- 26.7 million – with a labor force participation rate of 70% – higher than the USA’s. Women make up about 43% of the workforce.
- Colombia’s GDP was $330.2 billion in 2018, fueled mainly by energy and mining exports. Colombia is Latin America’s fourth largest oil producer, and the world’s fourth largest coal producer, third largest coffee exporter, and second largest cut flowers exporter. The services sector makes up about 62% of GDP, followed by industry, at 30%, and agriculture at 7%.
- Colombia is one of the most gender-equal countries in Latin America. The country ranks 40th overall in gender-equality, but first in educational attainment and health and survival. Women are 27% less likely than men to have equal opportunities but there are at least 40% of women in managerial positions. Employment and housing discrimination against citizens based on sexual orientation is illegal in Colombia, and most other LGBTQ rights are protected.
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