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Bolivia

Facts and stats about Bolivia

Edsel.G

Author: Edsel.G

Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America. It was under the Spanish administration since the 16th century, until movements for independence started under the leadership of Simon Bolivar (the name from which Bolivia was derived).

The attainment of independence by the country did not lead to a happy ending, though, as the country suffered from internal and external conflicts. This led to massive poverty and to the loss of important resource-rich territories to its neighboring states.

Early in the 20th century, silver became an important mineral for the country, pouring in much needed money to run the meager economy. However, it was a development felt only by the elite minority and the country’s poor majority continued to live deplorable lives. This fueled the rise of social unrest throughout the country which, in turn, resulted in a series of coups and counter-coups during the 1980s.

The country has an economic growth rate of 5% yearly. While it may sound impressive, World Bank actually considers Bolivia to be ‘Repressed.’ So much needs to be done in order to reduce the vast poverty problem of the country.

It was revealed that Bolivia has rich Lithium deposits which accounts to more than half of the overall Lithium proven deposits all over the world. However, the Bolivian government is not very keen to tap this economic game-changer because the Lithium deposits lie on the salt flats – an area in Bolivia which boasts unique salt formations attracting tourists from all over the world annually.

10.46 million

Population. Ranked 82nd in 2013.

$2,575.68

GDP per capita. Ranked 121st in 2012.

Borders

Argentina 832 km, Brazil 3,423 km, Chile 860 km, Paraguay 750 km, Peru 1,075 km
Largest city La Paz - 713,400
Capital city Sucre - 131,800; La Paz (Administrative capital) - 713,400
Major language Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Guarani
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit boliviano
Alternative names Republic of Bolivia, Bolivia, Republica de Bolivia, Bolivia (Plur. State of), Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Groups Catholic countries, Christian countries, Former Spanish colonies, Hot countries, Landlocked countries, Latin America and Caribbean, Sparsely populated countries, World

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1.08 million sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 26th in 2008.

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Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America. It was under the Spanish administration since the 16th century, until movements for independence started under the leadership of Simon Bolivar (the name from which Bolivia was derived).

The attainment of independence by the country did not lead to a happy ending, though, as the country suffered from internal and external conflicts. This led to massive poverty and to the loss of important resource-rich territories to its neighboring states.

Early in the 20th century, silver became an important mineral for the country, pouring in much needed money to run the meager economy. However, it was a development felt only by the elite minority and the country’s poor majority continued to live deplorable lives. This fueled the rise of social unrest throughout the country which, in turn, resulted in a series of coups and counter-coups during the 1980s.

The country has an economic growth rate of 5% yearly. While it may sound impressive, World Bank actually considers Bolivia to be ‘Repressed.’ So much needs to be done in order to reduce the vast poverty problem of the country.

It was revealed that Bolivia has rich Lithium deposits which accounts to more than half of the overall Lithium proven deposits all over the world. However, the Bolivian government is not very keen to tap this economic game-changer because the Lithium deposits lie on the salt flats – an area in Bolivia which boasts unique salt formations attracting tourists from all over the world annually.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

Edsel.G

Edsel.G

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Hi Audrey, see my response to Hannah, above - see the country's rankings, both top and bottom, as well as the 'Popular Articles' sention at the end of this page.

Posted on 26 May 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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In response to -

Hannah - Try the country\'s rankings, both top and bottom, as well as the \'Popular Articles\' sention at the end of this page.

Cody - apart from info sporting achievements here, try the links leading from: http://www.ezilon.com/world/countries/bolivia/bolivia_recreation/index.shtml

Sierra - See the encyclopedia section, which explains that La Paz is the seat of government and the administrative capital of Bolivia, Sucre is the legal capital.

Abdul - The history of Bolivia goes back to the 2nd century BC, with the records of the sophisticated Tiwanaku and Moxos societies, with their advanced agricultural practices and architecture.

The total population of Bolivia today (2003 census) is less than 9 million; for more, see: http://www.nationmaster.com/country/bl/People and try the links from there for country comparisons.

Posted on 24 May 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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More information about Bolivia: About Bolivia

Posted on 01 Feb 2010

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