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Huila (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwila]) is one of the departments of Colombia. It is located in the southwest of the country, and its capital is Neiva.[3]

Department of Huila

Departamento del Huila
Flag of Department of Huila
Coat of arms of Department of Huila
Coat of arms
Anthem: Alma del Huila (Huila's soul)
Huila shown in red
Huila shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 2°59′55″N 75°18′16″W / 2.99861°N 75.30444°W / 2.99861; -75.30444Coordinates: 2°59′55″N 75°18′16″W / 2.99861°N 75.30444°W / 2.99861; -75.30444
Country Colombia
RegionAndean Region
 • GovernorCarlos Julio Gonzalez Villa (2016-2019)
 • Total19,890 km2 (7,680 sq mi)
Area rank26th
 • Total1,126,314
 • Rank15th
 • Density57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-HUI
HDI (2017)0.709[2]
high · 21st


The south of the department is located in the Colombian Massif. The Cordillera Oriental is born in this place.

Colombia's third highest peak, the Nevado del Huila volcano, is located in Huila department.

The Magdalena River (also called Yuma River) is Colombia's largest river, rises in Huila department. Some of Huila's most important towns are placed in the Magdalena River Valley. Betania is a dam located in the Magdalena river. A bigger dam, El Quimbo, is planned for the same river.

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  1. ^ "DANE". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Generalidades del departamento". Gobernación del Huila. Retrieved 26 April 2013.

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