Meet the people of Colombia and discover their distinguishing regional traits and characteristics. This infographic by Daytours4u will help you identify the Rolos from the Paisas, the Llaneros from the Costeños, and help you navigate the rich multicultural landscape of this dynamic country.
Like in any country, there are distinct regional differences between the people in Colombia. Rolos, or Cachacos, from Bogotá are seen as colder than the rest of the country, much like New Yorkers or Londoners (don’t let this fool you though, cold by Colombian standards is still incredibly warm by any other comparison). They have a rivalry going with the Paisas from Medellín, who are more exuberant and warm. Then you have the people from the coast, the Costeños, who are generally more laid-back and easy-going.
These popular stereotypes of the typical people from each city and region aren’t the only differences between Colombians. The country has a mulitcultural heritage which has left its mark on the people.
There are three distinct ethnic roots in Colombia: Amerindian, European and African. According to the latest available demographics, 58% of the population is Mestizo – a mix of Amerindian and European, followed by 20% white and 14% mulatto (African and European). The rest of the population is made up of Afro-Colombians, Zambos (Amerindian and Afro-Colombian) and Amerindians.
Colombia officially recognises three ethnic minority groups: Afro-Colombians (this group includes mulattos and zambos), Indigenous people (there are over 80 different indigenous groups in Colombia, with 80 distinct languages), and Romani (gypsy) populations.
Interestingly, because the country has historically been so mixed for so long, more than 80% of the population does not self-identify with any ethnic group, seeing themselves more as Mestizo or of European-origin.
One thing that is common to all Colombians, whatever their roots, is that they’re ready to welcome you to their country with a friendly smile! Learn more about Colombia and its people by following Colombia4u on Facebook or Twitter.