We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Bogotá, Colombia.
Colombia, although notorious for its drug trafficking and armed conflict, is actually one of South America's most diverse, culturally rich and spectacular countries.
Bogota is the most well-connected city in Colombia and a dynamic business center and the place where most opportunities are located. Occasionally London-like in appearance and weather, it may not be everybody's dream in a tropical country crossed by the Equator. Nevertheless, the plethora of opportunities available and its impressive cultural agenda can satisfy any preference and offers a taste of every region in the country.
The city is Colombia's largest city, concentrating over a fifth of the country's population and one fourth of its GDP. Living standards are relatively higher in Bogota than in the rest of the country, as the city has a poverty rate of 12.4% and a Gini coefficient of 49.8. Nevertheless, unemployment stands high at above 10% despite the capital being the center of trade and industry.
The capital city is a hub for the service industry. Many multinationals opt for Bogota when choosing a headquarters for their operations in the region, and the city has an excellent support service infrastructure in fields such as accounting, finance, IT, human resource management and engineering.
The commercial sector is one of the most well-developed in the country, and tourism is another economic sector on the rise in Bogota, the city attracting over half of the tourists entering Colombia annually.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Bogotá and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation in Bogotá, Work, Benefits and Tax in Colombia, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
You can also discuss and share experience about Bogotá in our forum.
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.