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Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Nearby is glass-smooth Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, straddling the border with Peru.

Languages: Spanish (official) 40%, Quechua 37%, Aymará 23%


Ethnic Groups: Quechua 30%, Aymará 25%, Cholos (25%-30%), of wholly European background (15%-20%)


Belief Systems:Roman Catholicism (official) 78%, Protestant 19%, no religion 2.5%, 0.5% other




Population: 10.6 million people (World Rank: 83rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 25.3 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 222nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.58 %/yr (World Rank: 81st) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 67.3 years (World Rank: 171st) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 21.7 years (World Rank: 137th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

United Nations Country Profile for Bolivia

Map of Bolivia
Cartographic Division of the United Nations

Bolivia - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Bolivia

Bolivia - General Information
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Bolivia

Bolivia - Wikipedia Entry

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Bolivia
All about Bolivia as a tourism destination

La Paz
Bolivia's capital city

Salar de Uyuni
The World's largest salt flat

List of Festivals in Bolivia
Annual cultural festivals celebrating Bolivia's history

Spanish Language Resources:

Learn Spanish
Free online resource for learning Spanish

Study in Bolivia
Study abroad through the SUP Study Abroad program

Government Related:

Bolivian Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Bolivian Government Websites
Directory of websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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