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Bolivia: World Factbook, 2009[1]


1,083,301 sq km


9,775,246 (July 2009 est.)


Spanish, Quechua, Aymara and 34 other indigenous languages


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


Quechua 30%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry) 30%, Aymara 25%, white 15%[1]

Groups Associated with MWC

6 (2006)[2]

Membership in MWC Affiliated Churches

15 417 (2006)[2]

Bolivia is a country in South America bordered by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru. Two-thirds of its population is made up of indigenous people. The majority of Bolivians are low-income subsistence farmers, miners, small traders or artisans.

Bolivia is the world´s foremost producer of tin, and also one of the largest sources of coca. Bolivia has also substantial natural gas reserves.

In 2005, the Bolivian people elected their first indigenous president in Bolivian and South American history, the coca syndicalist Evo Morales from the political party Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS). Under his presidency, Bolivia elaborated a new constitution which focused on environmental and indigenous population rights, as a response to years of neoliberal systems of the last decades that drove the country to economic collapse and social disrupt in the '80s and '90s.

Anabaptist-Related Groups in Bolivia

In 2006 there were six Anabaptist-related groups affiliated with Mennonite World Conference as well as various independent congregations and colonies.[3]

Anabaptist Colonies in Bolivia

Bolivia has a large number of Low German-speaking Mennonite colonies, many of them immigrating from Mexico, Canada, Belize or Paraguay. These colonies are concentrated in the low plains around Santa Cruz.

Electronic Resources

Annotated Bibliography

External Links

Bolivia on Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.

Archives and Libraries


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Bolivia," CIA World Factbook. (accessed 6 August 2009).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2006 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ World Membership," Mennonite World Conference. (accessed 23 December 2009).
  3. "2006 Mennonite World Conference Directory for Caribbean, Central and South America," Mennonite World Conference. (accessed 22 June 2009).