Motto: "Bogotá Mejor Para Todos"
("A Better Bogotá For All", 2016–2019)
Coordinates: 4°35'53?N 74°4'33?W? / ?4.59806°N 74.07583°W? / 4.59806; -74.07583Coordinates: 4°35'53?N 74°4'33?W? / ?4.59806°N 74.07583°W? / 4.59806; -74.07583
6 August 1538 (traditional)
Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
• Capital city
1,587 km2 (613 sq mi)
307.36 km2 (118.67 sq mi)
2,640 m (8,660 ft)
• Capital city
bogotano, -na (es)
0.965 very high
City Official Site
Bogotá (/?b?g?'t??/, /?bo?g?'t??/; Spanish pronunciation: ( listen)) officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D.C (during the time of Spanish rule and from 1991-2000 called Santafé de Bogotá) is the capital of Colombia and the department of Cundinamarca. It is administered as Capital District, and has autonomy in the management of its interests within the limits of the Constitution and the law. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with administrative powers that the law gives to the departments. It consists of 20 localities and is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, artistic, cultural, sports and tourist epicenter of the country.It is located in the center of Colombia, in the natural region known as the Bogotá savanna, which is part of Altiplano Cundiboyacense formation located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. It is the third highest capital in South America (after La Paz and Quito), at an average 2625 meters above sea level.It has a length of 33 km (21 mi) from south to north, and 16 km (10 mi) from east to west. As the capital, home to senior agencies of the executive branch (President's Office), legislative (Congress of Colombia) and judicial (Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Council of State and the Superior Council of the Judiciary).According to The Economist, in economic terms, Bogotá is known for its economic strength associated with the size of their production facilities to create companies and do business, financial maturity, attracting global companies and the quality of its human capital. It is the main market of Colombia and the Andean natural region, and the leading destination for new projects of foreign direct investment coming into Latin America and Colombia. It has the highest nominal GDP in the country, contributing most to the national total (24.7%), and it is the sixth largest city by size of GDP in Latin America (about USD 108,782 million), likewise, is the largest business platform of Colombia where most high-impact ventures occur.El Dorado International Airport it has the largest volume of cargo transported in Latin America, and is second in number of people. It is the city of Colombia with the largest number of universities (114) and research centers, and has an important cultural offer, which is represented in many museums, theaters and libraries. The city is ranked 52 in the Global Cities Index 2014, and is considered a global city type "Beta" by GaWC.
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