Location: Central South America

Capital: La Paz (administrative capital)

Population (2012): 10, 290,003
Surface area: 1,098,581 sq km
Currency: Boliviano
GDP per capita (2011): US $ 2,374
Economy – Overview:
Following an economic crisis during the early 1980s, reforms spurred private investment, stimulated economic growth, and cut poverty rates in the 1990s. In 2005, the government passed a  hydrocarbons law that imposed significantly higher royalties and required foreign firms then operating under risk-sharing contracts to surrender all production to the state energy company in exchange for a predetermined service fee. After higher prices for mining and hydrocarbons exports produced a fiscal surplus in 2008, the global recession in 2009 slowed growth. Nevertheless, Bolivia recorded the highest growth rate in South America that year. During 2010-12 high world commodity prices sustained rapid growth and large trade surpluses.
Human Development Index ranking (2012): 108 of 186
Net Official Development Assistance (ODA) (2011): US $729 million
Top Three Donors of gross (ODA): United States, Spain, and IDB Sp.Fund
FDI inflows (2012): $ 1,060million
Total External Debt (2011): US $ 6.5 billion
External debt stock (% of GNI) (2011): 27.6
Merchandise exports (2011): US$ 8,332 million
Terms of trade index (2012): 179.1
Major export commodities: Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons, precious metals, zinc
Cost to export per container (2013): US $ 1,425
HIPC Position (2013):  Post completion point
United Nations Membership date:14 November 1945
New York Mission:
Address: Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations, 801 Second Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017
Telephone: (212) 682-8132, -8133, -4113
Telefax: (212) 687-4642
e-mail: bolivia@un.int; delgaliviaonu@hotmail.com
website: www.bolivia-un.org;
Correspondence: Spanish
National holiday: 6 August, Independence Day