Department of Caldas
Departamento de Caldas
Caldas shown in red
Topography of the department
|• Governor||Guido Echeverri Piedrahita (2016-2019)|
|• Total||7,888 km2 (3,046 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||CO-CAL|
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Caldas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkaldas]) is a department of Colombia named after Colombian patriotic figure Francisco José de Caldas. It is part of the Paisa Region and its capital is Manizales. The population of Caldas is 1,030,062, and its area is 7,291 km². Caldas is also part of the Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis region along with the Risaralda and Quindio departments.
Caldas has 6 districts.
The population of Caldas is 984,128 (2013), half of whom live in Manizales.. The racial composition is:
- White / Mestizo (93.16%)
- Amerindian or Indigenous (4.29%)
- Black or Afro-Colombian (2.54%)
The local inhabitants of Caldas are known as caldenses. Of the five main regional groups in Colombia, the predominant group in Caldas are known as paisa, referring to those living in the Paisa region, which covers most of Antioquia, as well as the departments of Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.
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- Government of Caldas official website (in Spanish)