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Interesting Facts About Bolivia

Bolivia is a South American country that is bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Here are some interesting and fun facts about Bolivia.

Interesting Facts About Bolivia

  • The largest deposit of salt on the planet is in Bolivia.
  • Bolivia is one of the wettest countries in the world. The annual rainfall is over 5000mm.
  • The world’s largest butterfly sanctuary is in Bolivia.
  • The main language spoken in Bolivia is Spanish.
  • Soybeans are one of the main exports from Bolivia.
  • About 78% of the population is Roman Catholic.
  • There is a very small Jewish population in Bolivia.
  • The Bolivian military recruit men as young as 14. 40% of the military forces are between the ages of 14 and 18.
  • Soccer (football) is the most popular sport in Bolivia.
  • The population is increasing about 1.5% per year.
  • The Spanish conquered Bolivia in 1533. The Bolivian people started a war in 1809 as they fought for independence. Independence was proclaimed on August 6, 1825- 16 years after the fighting began.
  • The official motto of Bolivia is a Spanish phrase which means “unity is strength”.
  • The Bolivian flag is red, yellow and green.
  • The literacy rate is 87%- similar to Brazil but below the South American average.
  • The Bolivian judicial system has long been full of corruption. Revisions to the constitution in 1994 did help this but corruption still remains.

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