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Full nameCali
Official nameSantiago de Cali
Settlement typeCity
DepartmentValle del Cauca
Foundation25 July 1536
Sebastián de Belalcázar
MayorJorge Ivan Ospina
Total Area217.7 sq mi (564 km2)
Elevation3271 ft (997 m)
Total Population2244158 (Ranked 3rd) (2005)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2825105
Other information
Time zoneCOT (UTC-5)
Area code2
HDI (2008)0.80 high

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Santiago de Cali (-essanˈtjaɣo ðe ˈkali), simply referred to as Cali, is a city in western Colombia and the capital of the Valle del Cauca Department. With a population of 2.5 million, Cali is the third largest city in the country. It has one of the fastest growing economies and infrastructure in the country because of its geographical location. The city was founded on 25 July 1536 by the Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar.

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