|Spanish, German, and Plautdietsch. Yiddish is spoken by German-Jewish communities.|
|Christianity (Protestantism, Lutheranism, Reformed, Mennonite, Amish, Roman Catholicism) and Judaism.|
|Related ethnic groups|
Waves of immigration
German immigrants began to arrive in Bolivia in the 18th century, and many more arrived in the 19th century. During World War II, Bolivia ceased diplomatic relations with Germany and expelled many Germans. Many German Jews immigrated to Bolivia during the war. Inti SA, Bolivia's largest pharmaceutical company, was founded by German immigrant Ernesto W. N. Schilling Huhn.
A substantial and growing part of the German population in Bolivia are Mennonites from Russia, who are of German descent, language and culture. These Mennonites started to immigrate in the 1950s, with large waves of immigrants in the 1960s and 1970s, mainly from Mexico and Paraguay. In 2012 there were 23,818 church members in congregations of these Mennonites, indicating a total population of about 70,000. The total population of German Mennonites in Bolivia was estimated at 60,000 by Lisa Wiltse in 2010. See also: Mennonites in Bolivia.
Historic German schools:
Notable German Bolivians
- Ronald Rivero Kuhn, footballer
- Hugo Banzer, military officer, twice President
- Germán Busch, military officer and President
- Luciano Durán Böger, writer and poet
- Enrique Hertzog, physician and President
- Pato Hoffmann, actor and theater director
- Noel Kempff, biologist and environmentalist
- Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon, classical guitarist and composer
- Alberto Natusch, military officer and dictator
- Erwin Sánchez Freking, footballer
- Achim von Kries, German military officer
- Blanca Wiethüchter, writer and poet
- Jorge Wilstermann, aviator
- Lidia Gueiler Tejada, politician (the first female President of Bolivia, and the second woman in the Americas to ever become chief of state).
- Bolivia–Germany relations
- Immigration to Bolivia
- Mennonites in Bolivia
- History of the Jews in Bolivia
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