Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Bolivia

International Reserves

USD 11.7 billion (2015)

International Monetary Fund (IMF), data retrieved January 2017

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 39.8 billion (2017, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 83.2 billion (2017, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
4.8% 4.6% 6.2% 3.4% 4.1% 5.2% 5.1%
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*    
6.8% 5.5% 4.9% 3.7% 3.9%    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 3,594.6 (2017, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 7,511.2 (2017, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017*
0.08% 0.06% 0.06% 0.06% 0.07%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 13.3% 
  • industry: 37.4% 
  • services: 53.6%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
5.7% 5.8% 4.1% 3.9% 5.1%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013 2014* 2015* 2016* 2017*
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 4.0%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
32.5% 33% 36.2% 40.6% 42.8%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
0.7% -3.4% -6.9% -8.1% -7.5%

*Estimate

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: BB

Moody's: Ba3

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD -1.9 billion (2017 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

-4.9% (2017 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

30.9% (2015)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.05% (2015)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.03% (2015)

Total exports

USD 7.5 billion (2016 estimate)

Export commodities

Natural gas, mineral ores, gold, soybeans and soy products, tin

Total imports

USD 9.0 billion (2016 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Machinery, petroleum products, vehicles, iron and steel, plastics

Exports - major partners

Brazil 28.1%, Argentina 16.9%, US 12.1%, Colombia 6.3%, China 5.3%, Japan 4.7%, South Korea 4.3% (2015)

Imports - major partners

China 17.9%, Brazil 16.5%, Argentina 11.8%, US 10.6%, Peru 6.2%, Japan 5.2%, Chile 4.6% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 1,750 million USD 648 million USD 503 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
USD 2.0 million N/A N/A N/A
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

N/A

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Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

N/A

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Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 149 out of 190 countries (2016)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 177 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 128 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 139 out of 190 countries

Getting credit: 133 out of 190 countries

Protecting investors: 137 out of 190 countries

Trading across border: 98 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 186 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 152 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 99 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 96 out of 190 countries

Global competitiveness ranking

121 out of 138 countries

(2016-2017)

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 160 / Score: 47.4 (Repressed) (2017) (100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC-4

Total area

1,098,581 sq km

Capital

 La Paz (administrative capital); Sucre (constitutional capital)

Currency

bolivianos (BOB)

Government type

republic; note - the new constitution defines Bolivia as a "Social Unitarian State"

Languages

Spanish (official) 60.7%, Quechua (official) 21.2%, Aymara (official) 14.6%, Guarani (official), foreign languages 2.4%, other 1.2%    note: Bolivia's 2009 constitution designates Spanish and all indigenous languages as official; 36 indigenous languages are specified, including some that are extinct (2001 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
6.514 million 8.428 million 10.426 million 11.246 million 12.356 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
36.8% 45% 62% 68%
Population median age

23.4 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

1.6% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

68.55 years (2014 estimate)

Adult literacy

 91.2% (2009 est.)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

12.7% (2012)

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

46.6 (2012)

(0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 3
Civil Liberties: 3 (2014)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 8.2%   Mobile 97.7%
(2013)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

39.50% (2013)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

La Paz 204th (2014)

CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

1.5 (2010)

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