Bienvenidos to Colombia

Colombia is a country ideal for those who seek authentic experience, both naturally and culturally. Explore Amazonian forests, glimmering beaches, and green valleys, while enjoying the warm welcome of local multiethnic community.

Culture

Colombia is the musical heart of Latin America and the largest hit song exporter. Fairs and festivals, theater and jazz — a true delight for adventurous travelers!

Climate

As Colombia lies on the Equator, there is little difference between the seasons: it’s warm and pleasant all year round. The annual temperatures are between 14°C and 23°C.

Family life

Traditional respect for ancestors and relatives has created many centers for family activities. Some malls, restaurants and bars are also pet friendly.

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Key Facts

Colombia is the only country in South America with access to both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. Its rapid economic growth is only outmatched by China, and the country has extensive supplies of coal and petroleum. Despite this, about 70% of the territory is powered by renewable energy sources. The industries of electronics, IT, shipbuilding, and tourism are actively developing and contributing to the wealth of the country.

50 mln

Population

Bogota

Capital

Roman Catholic

Dominant religion

Spanish

Official language

Colombian peso / COP

Currency

Taxes

0–39%

Income tax

4%

Health insurance plan contribution

0–2%

Pension solidarity fund contribution

Special Relocation Program Supported by EPAM

EPAM provides assistance in opening a local bank account.

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Culture

Colombia makes continued investments in its film industry. Every year, it holds the Cartagena Film Festival — the oldest in Latin America. It also supports the export of pop culture and has already produced such music stars as Shakira, Carlos Vives, and Juanes. 

The Colombian Academy of Language is the oldest Spanish language academy in Latin America. It promotes literary traditions of prose and poetry which date back to the first works of indigenous tribes. Probably the most notable of the Colombian writers is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of “100 Years of Solitude”.

Climate and Nature

Colombia can boast numerous endemic species of butterflies, birds, and fish. A country of wild greenery, it has over 50,000 different types of plants. The landscapes also vary dramatically: from snow-capped mountain peaks in the Andes to the Amazonian rainforests to savannas and sandy beaches — Colombia has it all. 

The climate of Colombia is diverse. Even though the country sits on the Equator, it counts 4 different climate zones due to the height differences throughout the terrain. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate much in the course of the year, however there is a different amount of rainfall depending on the season. 

20°C

Average summer temperature

14°C

Average winter temperature

223

Average № of clear days per year

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Healthcare

The medical services in Colombia are of the highest quality in Latin America. Over 97% of the population is covered by either public or private health insurance, which explains the high healthcare index of the country. 

Special Relocation Program Supported by EPAM

Private healthcare plan for the employee and two family members. Life insurance for the employee. Reimbursement of eye care expenses up to $53 annually. 100% coverage for temporary disability expenses with a medical certificate. 

Education

Kindergartens

Pre-school educational standard, entry requirements and tuition plan may vary considerably depending on the kindergarten you choose. Expats can enroll their children to public kindergartens, however many go for private centers as they run higher standards, smaller groups and a wider choice of extracurriculars.

Kids who do not speak Spanish may find it difficult adapting to a public kindergarten. However, there is a high number of international schools in Bogota offering kindergarten programs in English, German or French.

At the age of 5, children enter a transitional year to prepare for elementary school.

Schools

The basic education cycle is compulsory and consists of 9 grades. A child can then complete grades 10–11, which are not compulsory.

As with kindergartens, there is a number of international school available which run tuition in English, German and French, where English is by far the most popular option. In addition, private schools base their curriculum on international standards and have special academic, sports, artistic and technological programs.

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