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

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. 

The British Embassy in Colombia, through the Prosperity Fund and the Department for International Trade, are holding events in the UK focused on promoting specific business opportunities in Colombia and how to identify and work with local partners in the county. The workshop will provide:

  • A look into Colombia's most relevant projects and opportunities that are open to UK businesses.
  • Networking opportunities for partnerships and investment.
  • A learning experience in legal and practical considerations for partnering in Colombia.

London Thursday 20th June Workshop (8:30am-5pm)

Leeds Tuesday 25th June Workshop (8:30am-5pm) Evening Networking Event (7-9pm)  Edinburgh  Thursday 27th June Workshop (8:30am-5pm) Evening Networking Event (7-9pm)  To find out more information click here. To RSVP to the events click here.