Fun and Interesting Facts about Bolivia

  • Bolivia is the highest and most isolated of the Latin American republics.
  • Capital of Bolivia is La Paz. It is situated at an altitude of 11,910 ft (3,630 m), and is the highest administrative capital city in the world.
  • Lake Titicaca, located at an altitude of 12,507 ft (3,812 m), is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world.
  • Almost half the population of Bolivia resides on Altiplano plateau, with an average altitude of 12,000 ft (3,658 m).
  • Bolivian plateau contains the towns of Oruro, PotosĂ­, and La Paz.
  • Industrial resources of Bolivia are tin, natural gas, petroleum, silver, iron, lead, gold, zinc, tungsten, antimony and hydropower.
  • Major agricultural products of Bolivia are soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes and timber. Soyabeans is the major cash crop.
  • Bolivia has only 1,320 sq km of irrigated land.
  • Ethnic groups in Bolivia are Quechua 30%, Mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry) 30%, Aymara 25%, and White 15%.
  • Religions practiced in Bolivia are Roman Catholic 95%, and Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%.
  • Languages spoken in Bolivia are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.
  • Bolivia has Republican form of government. However, much of its subsequent history consists of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups.
  • Legal system of Bolivia is based on Spanish law and Napoleonic Code. It has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
  • President of Bolivia is both the chief of state and the head of the Government.
  • Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.
  • Bolivia is the world’s largest cultivator of coca, with an estimated 24,400 hectares under cultivation in June 2002.
  • The United States is the largest trading partner of Bolivia.
  • Currency of Bolivia is Boliviano.