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Bolivia - Introduction

Introduction to Bolivia

The Central Business District of Copacabana, nestled between two hills, on the shores of Lake Titicaca

Bolivia may be one of the poorest countries in South America, but its cultural wealth, the mindblowing Andean landscapes and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilizations make it the richest and most exciting destination for adventurous and independent travellers.

Full country name: Republic of Bolivia
Area: 1.09 million sq km
Population: 8.8 million
People: 30% Quechua Indian, 25% mestizo, 30% Aymará Indian, approx 15% European (principally Spanish)
Language: Quechua, Aymara, Spanish; Castilian, Ga
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist)
Government: republic
Head of State: President Carlos Diego Mesa
GDP: US$24.2 billion
GDP per capita: US$3,000
Annual Growth: 3%
Inflation: 2.1%
Major Industries: Agriculture, narcotics, smelting, petroleum, food & beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing, tin mining, natural gas.
Major Trading Partners: USA, Brazil, Japan

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