Bolivia is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the west. Bolivia has its constitutionally recognized capital in Sucre, while La Paz is the seat of government.
After declaring independence from Spain in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic on 6 August 1825. Bolivia was named after Simón Bolívar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence.
Today, Bolivia is a democratic republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin. The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, and Africans. Although the great majority of Bolivians are Roman Catholic, Protestant denominations and traditional ethnic Inca religion are expanding rapidly.
Bolivia has a rich folklore. Its regional folk music is distinctive and varied. The "devil dances" at the annual carnival of Oruro are one of the great folkloric events of South America. Entertainment includes football, which is the most popular sport, as well as table football, which is played on street corners by both children and adults.
Monetary Unit: Boliviano (BOB)
Credit Cards: Diners Club, American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted.
Language: Spanish which is the most widely spoken, Quechua and Aymara. The country also has an additional 34 native languages.
Electricity: In most areas 220 volts AC, 50 Hz, In La Paz 110V. Plug fittings are either 2 pin round type and 2 pin flat type.
Health Requirements: Yellow Fever and Malaria Vaccinations are suggested. This should be checked verified with your health care provider before travelling.
Major Industries: Agriculture, mining, forestry and textiles. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin.
Major Exports: Natural gas, Agricultural products, forestry, fishing, minerals, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin.
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