Departments in Colombia
As departments in to Colombia 's political administrative areas designated, into which the country is divided. These administrative units are roughly comparable to the French départements , but have fewer competencies than e.g. B. the provinces of Italy.
Colombia is politically divided into 32 departments and a capital district (Distrito Capital), which includes the capital Bogotá . Each department has a governor (Gobernador) and a departmental council (Asamblea Departamental) who are elected by the people every four years. The governor cannot be re-elected for an immediately following term. Bogotá is an exception as a capital district; Although it has its own district government (Concejo Distrital) and a Lord Mayor (Alcalde Mayor) who is equal to the head of government , it is still dependent on the Department of Cundinamarca in certain respects .
The departments are further subdivided into municipalities (Municipios) , which are governed by a popularly elected mayor ( Alcalde ) and a local council (Concejo Municipal) . In the inaccessible regions in the east and south, which only received departmental status in 1991, these municipalities have very large areas of up to 30,000 km².
- Map with the departments in Colombia (Spanish)