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Bolivia

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Motto: “¡La unión es la fuerza!”  (Spanish)
“Unity is strength!”
Anthem: Bolivianos, el hado propicio  (Spanish)

Capital  Sucre (constitutional, judicial) / La Paz (administrative)
Largest city Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Official languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Demonym Bolivian
Government Republic
Independence from Spain August 5, 1825
Area 1,098,581km  / 424,163 sq mi
Population July 2007 estimate  9,119,152 (84th)
Currency Boliviano (BOB)
Monetary unit Boliviano
Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara (all official)

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Geography
Landlocked Bolivia is equal in size to California and Texas combined. Brazil forms its eastern border; its other neighbors are Peru and Chile on the west and Argentina and Paraguay on the south. The western part, enclosed by two chains of the Andes, is a great plateau—the Altiplano, with an average altitude of 12,000 ft (3,658 m). Almost half the population lives on the plateau, which contains Oruro, Potosí, and La Paz. At an altitude of 11,910 ft (3,630 m), La Paz is the highest administrative capital city in the world. The Oriente, a lowland region ranging from rain forests to grasslands, comprises the northern and eastern two-thirds of the country. Lake Titicaca, at an altitude of 12,507 ft (3,812 m), is the highest commercially navigable body of water in the world.

Culture
Bolivian culture has been heavily influenced by the Quechua, the Aymara, as well as by the popular cultures of Latin America as a whole.  The best known of the various festivals found in the country is the “Carnaval de Oruro”, which was among the first 19 “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” as proclaimed by the UNESCO in May of 2001.  Entertainment includes Association football, which is the national sport, as well as table football, which is played on street-corners by both children and adults.  Zoos are a popular attraction, with a diverse population of interesting creatures, but lack proper funding.

*Content gathered from Wikipedia