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Religion in Bolivia

Bolivia, like the rest of South America, is predominantly Roman Catholic. 95% of the population lists their religion as Roman Catholic, although not everyone attends services regularly.

During the colonial era, church and state were very closely linked under the Spanish colonial system. Since independence, Bolivians have taken many steps to put some distance between church and state. In 1906, the government of Bolivia officially allowed other religions into the nation, although the official religion remained Catholicism (it still is).

The remaining 5% of the Bolivian population is affiliated with a variety of religions, most of which have sent missionaries to Bolivia in the last few decades, such as Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses, although there are also small communities of Jews and Mennonites that have been around for a long time.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Tours, Wiring Money in Bolivia, When to Go, Central Highlands Overview, Travel Insurance in Bolivia, Shopping, Services, Bolivia Internet Access, WiFi and Internet Cafes, Useful Addresses and Tips for High-End Travelers in Bolivia.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
13 Mar 2007

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