Departments of Bolivia

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Departments of Bolivia
Departamentos de Bolivia (Spanish)
Bolivia Departments.png
CategoryUnitary State
LocationPlurinational State of Bolivia
Number9
Populations110,436 (Pando) – 2,706,359 (La Paz)
Areas37,620 km2 (14,526 sq mi) (Tarija) – 370,620 km2 (143,098 sq mi) (Santa Cruz)
GovernmentDepartment government, National government
SubdivisionsProvince

Bolivia is a unitary state consisting of nine departments (Spanish: departamentos). Departments are the primary subdivisions of Bolivia, and possess certain rights under the Constitution of Bolivia. Each department is represented in the federal Plurinational Legislative Assembly—a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Each department is represented by four Senators, while Deputies are awarded to each state in proportion to their total population.

Out of the nine departments, La Paz is the most populous, with 2,706,351 inhabitants as of 2012; Pando is the least populous, with a population of 110,436. The largest department by area is Santa Cruz, encompassing 370,621 square kilometres (143,098 sq mi), while the smallest is Tarija, encompassing 37,623 square kilometres (14,526 sq mi).

Departments[edit]

Departments of Bolivia
State ISO 3166-2
code
Capital Largest city Population
(2018)
Area
km2 (sq mi)
Density per
km2 (sq mi)
Deputy
seats
Flag of Beni.svg Beni B Trinidad Trinidad 421,196 213,564 (82,458) 1.97 (5.10) 9
Flag of Chuquisaca.svg Chuquisaca H Sucre Sucre 576,153 51,524 (19,894) 11.18 (28.96) 11
Flag of Cochabamba.svg Cochabamba C Cochabamba Cochabamba 1,758,143 55,631 (21,479) 31.6 (81.84) 19
Bandera de La Paz.svg La Paz L La Paz El Alto 2,706,351 133,985 (51,732) 20.2 (52.32) 29
Flag of Oruro.svg Oruro O Oruro Oruro 494,178 53,588 (20,690) 9.22 (23.88) 9
Flag of Pando.svg Pando N Cobija Cobija 110,436 63,827 (24,644) 1.73 (4.48) 5
Flag of Potosí.svg Potosí P Potosí Potosí 823,517 118,218 (45,644) 6.97 (18.05) 14
Flag of Santa Cruz.svg Santa Cruz S Santa Cruz de la Sierra Santa Cruz de la Sierra 2,655,084 370,621 (143,098) 7.16 (18.54) 25
Flag of Tarija.svg Tarija T Tarija Tarija 482,196 37,623 (14,526) 12.82 (33.20) 9

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References[edit]

  • National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia (2012). "Bolivia Caracteristicas de Populacion y Vivienda: Censo Nacional de Populacion y Vivienda 2012" [Bolivia Characteristics of Population and Housing: National Censo of Population and Housing 2012] (PDF) (PDF) (in Spanish). Bolivian National Institute of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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