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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.

GEOGRAPHY:
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.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
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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