Essential Info for Bolivia

Population: Almost 11 million
 
Capital city: Sucre

Neighbouring countries: Bolivia is bordered by Peru to the west, Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, and Chile to the southwest.

Geography: Bolivia is landlocked and has a diverse geographical landscape, including vast plains, rocky mountainous regions and a number of large lakes.

Political system: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
 
Major religion: Roman Catholicism 
 
Main languages: Bolivia has over 30 official languages, the most prominent of which is Spanish.

Money: The Bolivian boliviano (BOB) is divided into 100 cents, or centavos. Expats will need a residence permit to open a bank account and may need to bring along a Spanish translator to ease the process of opening an account. ATMs are usually easy to find, especially in Bolivia's larger cities.

Tipping: Tipping is not always expected but a small tip of 5 to 10 percent of a restaurant bill is always appreciated
 
Time: GMT -4
 
Electricity: 230V, 50 Hz. Plugs are two-pronged with round pins or flat blades.
 
Internet domain: .bo
 
International dialing code: +591
 
Emergency numbers: 118 (ambulance), 119 (fire), 110 (police)
 
Transport and driving: Buses, trains and taxis are available. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road.

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