Colombian Culture


  • Most Colombian names follow the Spanish naming convention. This is a personal name(s) followed by the father’s paternal family name and then the mother’s paternal family name, e.g. Jesús Marίa GONZALEZ LÓPEZ.
  • People may have two personal names (e.g. Jesús Marίa). The second personal name does not always reflect the gender of the person.
  • In this case, the first of the two may be used on its own, but the second should not be. Similarly, the first of the family names (the father’s family name) is used alone to address people, whilst the second family name (the mother’s) is rarely used in isolation. For example, Jesús Marίa GONZALEZ LÓPEZ would be appropriately abbreviated as Jesús GONZALEZ.
  • Names may include the preposition ‘de’ with ‘el’, ‘la’, ‘los’ or ‘las’ to link the names. ‘De’ can also mark when the first family name begins, e.g. Marίa DE LA TORRE.
  • A Colombian woman does not necessarily have to take her husband's name at marriage. She may keep her original family names, replace her maternal family name with her husband’s paternal name or add her husband’s paternal name to the end of her full name with a ‘de’ to conjoin it.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Spanish (official)
  • Religion
    Catholic (79%)
    Protestant (13%)
    Unaffiliated (6%)
    Other (2%)
    [2014 est.]
  • Ethnicity
    Mestizo and White (84.2%)
    Afro-Colombian (including Mulatto, Zambo, Raizal and Palenquero) (10.4%)
    Amerindian (3.4%)
    Romani (0.01%)
    Unspecified (2.1%)
    [2005 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Colombian Ancestry
    17,989 [Census, 2016]
Colombians in Australia
  • Population
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Colombia.
  • Median Age
    [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (45.8%)
    Female (54.1%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (67.5%)
    No Religion (17.4%)
    Christianity [not defined] (5.8%)
    Pentecostal Christianity (1.9%)
    Other Religion (4.3%)
    Not Stated (2.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Colombian (64.7%)
    Spanish (16.6%)
    South American [undefined] (4.3%)
    Peoples of the Americas [undefined] (3.3%)
    Other (11.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (88.6%)
    English (9.8%)
    Italian (0.3%)
    Other (0.8%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.3% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (35.5%)
    Victoria (28.1%)
    Queensland (22.6%)
    Western Australia (9.0%)
    Other (4.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (28.4%)
    2007 - 2011 (27.3%)
    2012 - 2016 (39.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
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