How does Colombia compare to the United States?
How does Colombia compare to the USA?
America, as you may know, is the third-most populous country in the world as well as the fourth-largest by land area. Beyond that, we are by far the richest country in the world; more money belongs to people living in America than people living anywhere else. God has blessed us tremendously. Colombia doesn’t have that same international sway, by land, money, or population, but it’s no lightweight.
Colombia is the fourth-largest country in South America, ranking behind Brazil, Argentina, and Peru; it’s about one eighth the size of the United States, significantly bigger than Texas but significantly smaller than Alaska. Like America, it has neighboring countries that have significantly fewer people; Colombia is easily the most populated country in between Mexico and Brazil. Monetarily, though, there’s a huge difference—America has over forty-six times as much money as Colombia.
That last statistic is rather earth-shattering. America as a total has forty-six times as much money as Colombia. Yes, there are more Americans than Colombians, but on average, the typical American is about seven times as wealthy as the average Colombian. This figure, as I have mentioned before, isn’t even all that helpful, since many Colombians do not have even close to the material resources of their wealthier countrymen. As an example, Colombians in the capital city’s province, Bogotá, have over twice as much money on average as those in the Atlántico province. And remember, even most of the people in Bogotá are poor; imagine life in the poorer provinces!
One other fact that impacts Colombia is its relationship with us. America has never had a neighbor in our part of the world that is more populous or powerful, and no country has been successful in intimidating us within the last century. On the other hand, countless parts of Colombian life are intractably linked with the United States: our culture and music and foods and businesses have invaded the country, our appetite for illegal drugs fuels crime all throughout the country (and our foreign aid dollars are helping Colombia’s army to fight that crime), and historically we have influenced (directly or otherwise) elections. Even the existence of the neighboring country Panama is largely because the United States helped rebels in northwest Colombia secure their independence. Colombia’s very borders are because it was influenced by the rich American nation to their north.
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