Bolivia Facts: Fun & Interesting Facts About Bolivia

Location: Bolivia is located in central South America, southwest of Brazil.

Area: 424,164 square miles (1,098,581 square kilometers). Slightly less than three times the size of Montana.

Population: 10,959,687

Capital: La Paz

Geography: Bolivia is a landlocked country. It shares control of Lago Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake (elevation 12,483 feet), with Peru.

Climate: The climate in Bolivia varies with altitude. The low lying areas are humid and tropical, while the higher up parts are cold and semi-dry

Currency: Bolivia’s legal currency is the Bolivian boliviano. US$1 = 6.93 boliviano (BOB)

Government: Bolivia is a democratic republic, however a new constitution which came into effect in 2009 defines Bolivia as a “Social Unitarian State”.

Head of State & Government: President Juan Evo Morales Ayma (since 22 January 2006). The president is elected by public vote and the presidential term lasts for five years. There is no maximum amount of terms that a president can hold office.

Language: Bolivia has three official languages; Spanish, Quecha, and Aymara. Spanish is spoken by 60.7% of the population, while the indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara are spoken by 21.2% and 14.6% respectively. Foreign and other languages make up the remaining 3.6%.

Religion: Bolivia is a predominantly Christian country. The majority of the population identify as Roman Catholic (76.8%), while 8.1% identify as Evangelical and Pentecostal, and 7.9% identify as Protestant. Other religions make up 1.7% or the population, while 5.5% of people say they don’t follow a religion.

Time Zone: UTC-4 (one hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

International Country Code: +591

Internet Country Code: .bo

Life Expectancy at Birth: 70.7 years (Male = 68.2, Female = 73.3)

Exports: $12.85 billion

Imports: $10.49 billion

Gross Domestic Product (Purchasing Power Parity): $33.197 billion

GDP per Capita: $6475.74

Inflation Rate: 4.1%

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