Risaralda Department

Risaralda (Spanish pronunciation: [risaˈɾalda]) is a landlocked department of Colombia. It is located in the western central region of the country and part of the Paisa Region. Its capital is Pereira.

Risaralda Department
Departamento del Risaralda
Risaralda shown in red
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 4°49′N 75°42′W
Country Colombia
RegionAndean Region
EstablishedJuly 1, 1966
  GovernorSigifredo Salazar Osorio (2016-2019)
  Total4,140 km2 (1,600 sq mi)
  Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-RIS
HDI (2019)0.761[2]
high · 11th of 33

It was divided from the department of Caldas in 1966. Risaralda is very well known for the high quality of its coffee, and a booming industry: clothes, food, trading of goods and services.

The territory is very mountainous and has many kinds of climates in a very small area. Its proximity to harbours such as Buenaventura on the Pacific Ocean and to the biggest cities in Colombia Bogotá, Cali, Medellín – makes it a fast-growing economic centre.

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