Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Table of Contents

Colombia - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Colombia - Number format


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Colombia - Date formats



Colombia - Languages


The official language is Spanish External. 78 other, mainly Indian, languages are spoken. The most widespread of these are: Cuaiquer External (20 000 speakers); Cubeo External (6 000 speakers); Embera-Baudó External (5 000 speakers); Emberá-Catío External (15 000 speakers); Emberá-Chamí External (11 000 speakers); Northern Embará External (15 000 speakers); Guahibo External (15 000 speakers); Guambiano External (9 000 speakers); Ica (5 272 speakers); Inga External (10 000 speakers); Jungle Inga External (5 000 speakers); Kogui External (5 000 speakers); Páez External (68 467 speakers); Wayuu External (150 000 speakers) and Western Caribbean Creole English External (15 000 speakers).

Colombia - Personal names and forms of address


The abbreviation for Señorita used on Colombia is Srta. All mature women, whether married or not, will be addressed as Señora.

Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

Upon marriage, females may choose to take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name. Many females in Colombia now do not take their husband’s name upon marriage.

Professional people are often referred to by their qualification, followed by the given name and paternal family name (and sometimes the maternal family name):

Arquitecto (m) / Arquitecta (f) Architect
Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra) Doctor
Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.) Engineer
Profesor (Prof.) Professor

Except for the title “Doctor”, this form is preceded by the standard form of address in this way:

   Señor Ingeniero Juan Domínguez

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Colombia - Company legal forms


The following company type may be found:

   Ca. (Compañia) - company
   Comandita por acciones (SCA)
   EU (Empresa Unipersonal) - sole proprietorship
   Limitada (Ltda)
   SA (Sociedad Anónima)
   SAS (Sociedades anónimas simplificadas or Sociedad por Acciones Simplificada)
   S. en C.Sociedad en Comandita – limited partnership
   Suc. de Descendants - successors of a previous company

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see External

Colombia - Address format


Addresses are written in the following format:

   Form of address
   Recipient name
   {thoroughfare type[]}Thoroughfare name[, ]house number{[, ]floor etc. indicators}
   SETTLEMENT{[, ]PROVINCE[ ]sorting code}

For example:


Colombian addresses often have numbered streets and may contain directionals:

           calle 18 sur no. 19-29 

When addresses are written in Spanish, calle, the Spanish word for street, is rarely written except when the thoroughfare is numbered rather than named. The Spanish thoroughfare type, when included, is written before, and separately from, the thoroughfare name. It should be written with the first letter in lower case.

For further information about address components, please refer to the chapter on Spain.

A single-digit sorting code may be found in addresses in the larger cities.

The province External name may be included for addresses for smaller settlements. The provinces, with standard abbreviation, are:

Province Abbreviation (if different)
Amazonas External  
Antioquia External ANT
Arauca External  
Atlántico External ATL
Bolívar External BOL
Boyaca External BOY
Caldas External CAL
Caquetá External CAQ
Casanare External  
Cauca External  
César External  
Chocó External  
Córdoba External CORD
Cundinamarca External CUND
Distrito Especial / Distrito Capital de Bogotá External DE
Guainía External  
Guaviare External  
Huila External HUIL
La Guajira External GUAJIRA
Magdalena External MAG
Meta External  
Nariño External NAR
Norte de Santander External NS
Putumayo External  
Quindio External QUIND
Risaralda External RIS
San Andrés y Providencia External SAN ANDRES
Santander External SANT
Sucre External  
Tolima External TOL
Valle del Cauca External VALLE
Vaupés External  
Vichada External  

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Colombia - Post office box


The word for post office box is Apartado Postal, or AP; or Apartado Aéreo or AA.

Colombia - Postal codes


Colombia has introduced a postal code (Código Postal) of 6 digits in this format:


The first two digits represent the national department. The third and fourth digits represent a postal zone, whereby 00 indicates the capital of the department, 01-89 are for street addresses, and 90-99 for post office boxes. The final two numbers indicate further postal sub-districts. The position of this code in the address block has not yet been defined.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Colombia - Postal code format graphic


Colombia - Postal code format

Colombia - Postal code specifics


Colombia - Postal code regular expression


Colombia - Postal code level of coverage


Place names in Colombia


Refer to Exonyms in Colombia for full lists of place names in Colombia in other languages.

Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at External

Other language place name data can be acquired at External

Colombia - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Any one of the 32 province names or 1 capital district name may be found in addresses. Please see the section ‘Address format’.

Telephone numbers in Colombia


Colombian geographic numbers, when called from abroad, have an area code length of 1 and a subscriber number length of 7. Mobile numbers have an area code of 3 digits and a subscriber number of 7 digits. Mobile number area codes are 300, 310-313 and 315-316.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

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