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Bolivia : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$7.613 billion (2011 est.)
$5.007 billion (2010 est.)


$8.397 billion (2011 est.)
$6.291 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

9.9% (2011 est.)
2.5% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

5.5% (2011 est.)
5.7% (2010 est.)
note: data are for urban areas; widespread underemployment

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$4,900 (2011 est.)
$4,700 (2010 est.)
$4,600 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

3.8% (2010 est.)
3.4% (2009 est.)
6.1% (2008 est.)

Internet users

1.103 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

7.179 million (2009)

Population growth rate

1.664% (2012 est.)


10,290,003 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

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.

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Economic overview

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.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Risk Service Bolivia November 2015 Updater

Country Risk Service Bolivia November 2015 Updater

  • $ 520
  • Country report
  • November 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit


  • Countries : Bolivia

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Bolivia

D&B Country Insight Report: Bolivia

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • August 2015
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country’s overall political, ...

  • Countries : World, Bolivia


Bolivia - ISA Country Report

Bolivia - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • November 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Bolivia, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Bolivia

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Bolivia

Country Economic Forecasts > Bolivia

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • November 2015
  • by Oxford Economics

Bolivia's economy is, to a large extent, managing to withstand the problems caused by lower global energy and mineral prices and the weakness of the Brazilian and Argentine economies (which take most of ...

  • Countries : Bolivia

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