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Official Name: The Republic of Bolivia

Capital: Sucre (official), La Paz (administrative)

People: Quechua 30%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry) 30%, Aymara 25%, white 15%

Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Population: 9,775,246 (estimated as of July 2009)

Language: Three official languages in order of use: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara

Government: Bolivia is a republic led by President Evo Morales and Vice President Álvaro García Linera (since 2006).

Economic Facts: As of 2009, the unemployment rate is estimated at 8.5%, while its external debt is estimated at 4.6 billion (about 44% of its GDP). An estimated 60% of the population lives below the poverty line, as of 2006.

Agriculture: soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes, timber

Main exports: soybeans, natural gas, zinc, gold, wood, tin

Main Industries: mining, smelting, petroleum, food and beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing

Provinces: Bolivia is divided into nine departments: Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, Beni, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosí, Santa Cruz, Tarija.

Time: GMT minus 4

Electricity: 110/220 Volts AC in La Paz. 220V AC in the rest of the country, 50 Hertz. Plugs: most houses have two-pin sockets for both electrical currents.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Che Guevara (1928-1967) and Bolivia Internet Access, WiFi and Internet Cafes.

11 Feb 2010

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