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Envigado is a city of Colombia in the department of Antioquia, located at the south of the Aburrá Valley and belonging to The Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley. It has limits at its north with El Poblado, Medellín; at its south with Sabaneta; at its east with El Retiro and Caldas and at west with Itagüí. The origin of its name is unknown, but some researchers associated it with "beam" (viga in Spanish). It is also the city of the Colombian philosopher Fernando González. His house, Otraparte, is today a cultural center and museum dedicated to his memory and works.Envigado is also famous for keeping the paisa traditions and architecture, one of the best standard of living in Colombia and for its promising football team: Envigado Futbol Club.DemographicsThe population at the 1993 census was 115,484; in 2012 it had a population of 199,276 inhabitants.HistoryFounded in 1775, Envigado was declared a municipality in 1814. Its name comes from the large trees that were once found there and which were used for the rafters (vigas) in constructing houses.EconomyThe principal economic activity is manufacturing: Envigado boasts a great and modern industry. Among the most outstanding locally based companies is the Renault-Toyota assembly plant Sofasa. In addition, Envigado hosts the headquarters of Almacenes Exito, the largest chain of supermarkets of Colombia, particularly for textiles, soaps and perfumes.
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