Monday, October 17, 2011

BOLIVIA - the 149th Country to visit my Blog.

A visitor from Bolivia visited my Blog last weekend.
I have not been to this country before, so let's learn something about this country called Bolivia.

Landlocked Bolivia is equal in size to California and Texas combined. Brazil forms its eastern border; its other neighbors are Peru and Chile on the west and Argentina and Paraguay on the south. The western part, enclosed by two chains of the Andes, is a great plateau—the Altiplano, with an average altitude of 12,000 ft (3,658 m). Almost half the population lives on the plateau, which contains Oruro, PotosĂ­, and La Paz. At an altitude of 11,910 ft (3,630 m), La Paz is the highest administrative capital city in the world. The Oriente, a lowland region ranging from rain forests to grasslands, comprises the northern and eastern two-thirds of the country. Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 12,507 ft (3,812 m), is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world.

President: Evo Morales (2006)
Land area: 418,683 sq mi (1,084,389 sq km); total area: 424,164 sq mi (1,098,580 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 9,947,418 (growth rate: 1.7%); birth rate: 25.1/1000; infant mortality rate: 43.4/1000; life expectancy: 67.2; density per sq km: 8
Administrative capital: La Paz, 1,576,100 (metro. area), 830,500 (city proper)
Other large cities: Santa Cruz, 1,168,700; Cochabamba, 815,800; El Alto, 728,500; Oruro, 211,700 
Monetary unit: Boliviano
National name: RepĂșblica de Bolivia 
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara (all official)
Ethnicity: Quechua 30%, mestizo 30%, Aymara 25%, white 15%
National Holiday: Independence Day, August 6
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%
Literacy Rate: 87% (2006 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2009 est.): $17.76 billion; per capita $4,600. Real growth rate: 2.8%. Inflation: 4.3%. Unemployment: 8.5% in urban areas with widespread underemployment. Arable land: 3%. Agriculture: soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes; timber. Labor force: 4.22 million; agriculture n.a., industry n.a., services n.a. Industries: mining, smelting, petroleum, food and beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing. Natural resources: tin, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, tungsten, antimony, silver, iron, lead, gold, timber, hydropower. Exports: $4.83 billion f.o.b. (2009 est.): natural gas, soybeans and soy products, crude petroleum, zinc ore, tin. Imports: $4.16 billion f.o.b. (2009 est.): petroleum products, plastics, paper, aircraft and aircraft parts, prepared foods, automobiles, insecticides, soybeans. Major trading partners: Brazil, U.S. Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, China, Japan (2004).

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