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Full name: Plurinational State of Bolivia
President-elect: Evo Morales (elected Jauary, 2006)
Ruling Party: Movement to Socialism (MAS)

  • Population: 9.9 million (UN, 2009)
  • Capital: Sucre (official), La Paz (administrative)
  • Area: 1.1 million sq km (424,164 sq miles)
  • Location: West-central part of South America, bordering Brazil , Paraguay, Argentina, Chile & Peru
  • Major language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara plus 34 additional indigenous languages (all considered official)
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 63 years (men), 68 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 boliviano = 100 centavos
  • Imports partners: Brazil, Argentina, U.S. Chile, Peru & China
  • Main exports: Natural gas (has second largest reserves in South America), zinc, gold, silver, lead, tin, wood, sugar & soybeans
  • GNI per capita: US$1,460 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Neighbouring countries: Brazil (to the North & East), Paraguay & Argentina (to the South), Chile & Peru (to the West).
  • Geographic coordinates: 17 00 S, 65 00 W
  • Internet domain: .bo
  • International dialling code: +591
  • Time zone: Standard Time UTC/GMC – 4 (No daylight saving time)
  • Electricity: 230V/50htz

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