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Country (long form) Republic of Bolivia
Capital La Paz (seat of government); Sucre (legal capital and seat of judiciary)
Total Area 424,164.11 sq mi
1,098,580.00 sq km
(slightly less than three times the size of Montana)
Population 8,300,463 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 13,772,819
Languages Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara (official)
Literacy 83.1% total, 90.5% male, 76% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist)
Life Expectancy 61.53 male, 66.72 female (2001 est.)
Government Type Republic
Currency 1 boliviano ($B) = 100 centavos
GDP (per capita) $2,600 (2000 est.)
Industry mining, smelting, petroleum, food and beverages, tobacco, handicrafts, clothing
Agriculture soybeans, coffee, coca, cotton, corn, sugarcane, rice, potatoes; timber
Arable Land 2%
Natural Resources tin, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, tungsten, antimony, silver, iron, lead, gold, timber, hydropower
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History of Bolivia

An early civilization was established at Tiahuanaco, on the shore of Lake Titicaca, probably by Aymará Indians; it flourished between 600 and 1000 A.D.