flag Bolivia Bolivia: Introduction

Capital: La Paz (administrative), Sucre (constitutional, judicial)


Total Population: 12,224,110
Natural Increase: 1.2%
Density: 11 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 70.8%
Ethnic Origins: The population of Bolivia is mainly composed of mestizos (mixed white and Amerindian), but also includes a significant proportion of indigenous peoples, as well as Europeans and North Americans, Cholo/Chola and other ethnic groups.
Official Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Other Languages Spoken: Guaraní, Plautdietsch, Guarayu, Ignaciano (major other languages). There are nearly 40 other languages spoken in the country.
Business Language(s): Spanish
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%.
Literacy Rate: 86.7%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In La Paz

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Boliviano (BOB)

Country Overview

Area: 1,098,580 km²
Type of State: Presidential republic
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy.
One of the poorest countries in Latin America; very rich in natural gas reserves.
HDI*: 0.662/1
HDI (World Rank): 119/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from Bolivia, dial 001
To call Bolivia, dial +591
Internet Suffix: . bo
Telephone Lines: 8.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 34.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 90.5% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20192020202120222023
Imports of Goods (million USD) 9,7847,0809,12113,04911,120
Exports of Goods (million USD) 8,7577,01511,03013,65311,018
Imports of Services (million USD) 2,8711,7291,9742,7372,591
Exports of Services (million USD) 1,4434254529221,232

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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