Imports$7.613 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$8.397 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)9.9% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate5.5% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$4,900 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3.8% (2010 est.)
Internet users1.103 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular7.179 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.664% (2012 est.)
Population10,290,003 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups.
Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production.
In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority....
Bolivia is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America.
Following a disastrous economic crisis during the early 1980s, reforms spurred private investment, stimulated economic growth, and cut poverty rates in the 1990s.
The period 2003-05 was characterized by political instability, racial tensions, and violent protests against plans - subsequently abandoned - to export Bolivia's newly discovered natural gas reserves to large northern hemisphere markets....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
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