Bolívar Department

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Department of Bolívar

Departamento de Bolívar
Ab Ordine Libertas
(Latin: From order comes freedom)
Anthem: Himno de Bolívar
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Bolívar shown in red
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Topography of the department
Coordinates: 10°24′N75°30′W / 10.400°N 75.500°W / 10.400; -75.500 Coordinates: 10°24′N75°30′W / 10.400°N 75.500°W / 10.400; -75.500
CountryFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Region Caribbean Region
EstablishedJune 15, 1857
Capital Cartagena
  GovernorDumek Jose Turbay Paz (2016-2019)
  Total25,978 km2 (10,030 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
 (2018) [3]
  Rank 6th
  Density80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-05
ISO 3166 code CO-BOL
Provinces 6
Municipalities 46
HDI (2017)0.737 [4]
high · 13th

Bolívar (Spanish pronunciation:  [boˈliβaɾ] ) is a department of Colombia. It was named after one of the original nine states of the United States of Colombia. It is located to the north of the country, extending roughly north–south from the Caribbean coast at Cartagena near the mouth of the Magdalena River, then south along the river to a border with Antioquia Department. The departments of Sucre and Córdoba are located to the west, and Atlántico Department is to the north and east (most of the border formed by the Canal del Dique). Across the Magdalena River to the east is Magdalena Department. The flag of the department bears a resemblance to the flag of Lithuania.


Its capital is Cartagena. Other important cities include Magangué and Turbaco.

Provinces and Municipalities


In today's villages of Maria La Baja, Sincerín, El Viso, and Mahates and Rotinet, excavations have uncovered the remains of maloka -type buildings, directly related to the early Puerto Hormiga settlements. [5]

Historical population
1938 763,782    
1951 924,082+21.0%
1964 693,759−24.9%
1973 817,838+17.9%
1985 1,288,985+57.6%
1993 1,702,188+32.1%
2005 1,878,993+10.4%
2018 2,070,110+10.2%
Source: [6]


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