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Pereira, Colombia

Pereira Risaralda
Full namePereira
Official namePereira
MottoPereira con Vida
FoundationAugust 30, 1863
MayorIsrael Alberto Londoño Londoño
Metro Area242.4 sq mi (628 km2)
Elevation4629.3 ft (1411 m)
Total Population576329 (2005 est.)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEastern Time Zone (UTC-05)

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Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. It stands in the center of the western region of the country, located in a small valley that descends from a part of the western Andes mountain chain. Its strategic location in the coffee producing area makes the city an urban center in Colombia, as does its proximity to Bogotá, Cali and Medellín - and to the sea and the biggest airport in the whole area. In 2004 it reported a population of 576,329.

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