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Bolivia Fact File

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  • Full Name: Republic of Bolivia
  • Capital City: La Paz and Sucre
  • Country Area: 1,098,581 sq km
  • Land Mass Area: 1,083,301 sq km
  • Population: 9,947,418 (2010 estimate)
  • Life Expectancy: 67.23
  • Ethnicity: 30% Quechua, 30% mestizo, 25% Aymara, 15% white
  • Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, 5% Protestant
  • Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
  • Internet Domain: .bo
  • International Dialling Code: +591
  • Monetary Unit: 1 boliviano = 100 centavos
  • Government: Republic
  • Independence: 6 August 1825

Random Fact

The North Yungas road in Bolivia is considered to be the most dangerous in the world. Connecting the Yungas Valley and La Paz, over 100 people lose their life on the road each year, although some estimate that the real figure is double this and as such has gained the nickname, 'the death road'.

Crosses line the road where people have died. The road is dangerous due loose rocks falling from above, severe cliff drops at the side with no safety barrier and the single lane width of the road. Due to the altitude, rain, fog and a muddy road surface are all commonplace.

Because of the extreme dropoffs, single-lane width, and lack of guardrails, the road is extremely dangerous. Further still, rain and fog can make visibility precarious, the road surface muddy, and loosen rocks from the hillsides above.