49.06 million (2017) 

Official language

Spanish, but English has official status in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands. 


Colombian peso ($) 

Important Ministries

Ministry of Education
Ministry of Culture  

Official Statistics Office

National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) 

Trade Associations

Colombian Book Chamber (Cámara Colombiana del Libro) 

Annual Book Fairs

Bogota International Book Fair (Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá or FILBo) is held over 12 days in April/May.

Directory of Regional Book Fairs (Colombian Book Chamber, 2019) 

VAT on Books

0% for books and eBooks 

Fixed Book Price System



Book market statistics (PA, 2017) [link to download/view] 

Statistics Publishing Sector in Colombia (Colombian Book Chamber, 2017) 


Useful Contacts

British Council
Email: servicioalcliente@britishcouncil.org.co
Tel: +57 1 325 9090 

Department for International Trade
Email: Bogota.UKTIMail@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +57 (1) 326 8300

Book Distributors
Directory of Colombian Distributors (Colombian Book Chamber, 2017) 


Latest updates on Colombia

Want to get the latest on the business environment and export opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LatAC)? Are you an experienced exporter thinking of expanding to a region of vibrant and lucrative markets? The Department for International Trade invites you to join the 2020 edition of LatAC Roadshow. Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for LatAC Jo Crellin and eight DIT country directors will be updating UK companies on the latest opportunities in these exciting markets. What can you expect?  Morning plenary with sector and market focused information plus fellow UK companies sharing how they have succeeded in LatAC. You will benefit from dedicated time with market experts and through one-to-one meetings you will:

  • Gain specific market insights and identify potential partners
  • Have a unique chance to test and solidify business strategies
  • Get to know our LatAC Enquiry Hub model
  • Learn about the main conferences/trade shows in the region in 2020/21
  Who should attend?  Exporting UK companies which are already trading internationally and would like to tap into or expand further into the LatAC markets. Date and locations 9 March: Manchester 10 March: Birmingham 11 March: London 12 March: Bristol 13 March: Cardiff & Belfast Contact: DITevents@brayleino.co.uk Find out more about the event and register here.

The British Council would like to invite the publishing sector to participate in this opportunity for English language teaching materials at the Local Education Authority in Bogotá, Colombia. Objectives

  1. To supply teaching and reference material to 5 schools in the public sector in Bogotá, Colombia. These 5 schools will be chosen by the Local Education Authority of Bogotá.
  2. To supply 660 pedagogical kits for students in schools in the public sector in Bogotá.
  Deadline for proposal submission: 30th July 2019 Please find more information here. 

EY are holding a workshop about Doing Business in Colombia. With an average of 4.8% yearly GDP growth in the last five years, Colombia is among the fastest-growing economies in South America, and one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the world. Workshop Date: Thursday 27th June 2019, 8:30 - 17:00 Venue: EY Edinburgh Offices Address: 144 Morrison Street, EH3 8EB Evening Networking Event Date: Thursday 27th June, 17:30 - 19:30 Venue: Waldorf Astoria Address: Princess St, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB Register here.