has a population of about 8 million people. Altiplano is the most
densely populated region of the country. The urban areas of the
country include La Paz, the administrative capital with a population
of about 2 million, Cochabamba with about 800,000, Santa Cruz,
and industrial center has a population of about 850, 000 and Sucre
is the judicial capital of Bolivia.
About 55% of the total population is indigenous,
pure Native Americans who come from the Quechua or Aymara ethnic
groups. Most others are Mestizos with a small percentage of people
from European or African descent. Spanish is the colonial language,
but 70 % of Bolivians also speak Aymara, Quechua, and other dialects.
Outside the big cities, many people don’t speak Spanish
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America
and the standard of living is quite low. In spite of its poverty
it happily clings to its third world traditions. Bolivians are
proud of their heritage and strongly resist cultural change.
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