There is a proposal to implement daylight saving time in Bolivia, starting in September 2011.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter number II-1, dated 2010-02-03, has only one change for Bolivia. It recognizes the new country name, Plurinational
State of Bolivia.
Source  defines a set of codes for the subdivisions of the member countries of the Comunidad
Andina (Andean Community): Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. The codes and subdivision
names constitute the Nomenclatura de las Unidades Territoriales Estadísticas de la Comunidad Andina (NUTE ANDINA) (Nomenclature of
Statistical Territorial Units). This work appears to be part of a collaboration with Eurostat, the European consortium that developed the
NUTS codes for subdivisions of countries.
The Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Bolivia has released the results of the 2001-09-05 census. The departmental populations
shown in the primary subdivisions table below were calculated by adding up the populations of the provinces in each department.
|Capitals||La Paz, Sucre|
Bolivia has been independent for the whole 20th century. It has had numerous boundary disputes with its neighbors, usually losing.
Its boundaries have remained quite stable since 1950.
Other names of country:
- Danish: Bolivia
- Dutch: Bolivië, Republiek Bolivië (formal)
- English: Plurinational State of Bolivia (formal)
- Finnish: Bolivia
- French: Bolivie, État m Plurinational de Bolivie f (formal)
- German: Bolivien n
- Icelandic: Bólivía
- Italian: Bolivia f
- Norwegian: Bolivia, Republikken Bolivia (formal)
- Portuguese: Bolívia, República f da Bolívia f (formal)
- Russian: Многонациональное Государство Боливия (formal)
- Spanish: Bolivia, Estado m Plurinacional de Bolivia f (formal)
- Swedish: Bolivia
- Turkish: Bolivya Cumhuriyeti (formal)
Origin of name:
Named in honor of Simón Bolívar (1783-1830), independence fighter.
Bolivia is divided into nine departamentos (departments).
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- HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
- ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2. Same as first letter on vehicle plates.
- FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
- NUTE: Nomenclature of Statistical Territorial Units.
- Population: 2001-09-05 census (source ).
See the Provinces of Bolivia page.
The departments are divided into 112 provincias (provinces). The provinces are subdivided into secciones de provincias (sections or
subprovinces). The sections are further subdivided into cantones (cantons). A 1995 book says there were 301 sections and 1,408 cantons.
There are also administrative divisions known as municipios (municipalities), but they are only defined in urban areas. Source  says
that there were 324 municipalities as of 2002-06-30. Among them there were ten newly-created municipalities (since 1999) which had not
been completely demarcated yet.
The first three digits of the NUTE codes represent an arbitrary set of statistical areas.
101 is Occidental (Western),
102 is Oriental (Eastern), and
103 is Central.
The border between Cochabamba and El Beni is still not defined.
Origins of names:
- El Beni: from the River Beni. Beni is Pano (a native dialect) for river.
- La Paz: earlier name Nuestra Señora de la Paz, Spanish for "Our Lady of Peace." So named to encourage an end to internecine strife
among the conquistadores.
- Oruro: native word for "black and white," referring to petroglyphs.
- Potosí: probably from Quechua potojchi: rumbling noise
- Santa Cruz: city founded by missionaries on 1560-09-14, festival of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Spanish: Exaltación de la
- 1826-01-23: After achieving independence on 1825-08-06, Bolivia established the departments of Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz,
Potosí, and Santa Cruz (and probably additional territory).
- 1826-09-05: Oruro department created.
- 1831-09-24: Tarija department created.
- 1842-11-18: El Beni department created.
- 1900-03-23: Acre reconquered by Bolivia after proclaiming its independence on 1899-07-14.
- 1903-11-17: Brazil purchased the Acre territory from Bolivia for two million pounds in the Treaty of Petrópolis; border demarcated
- ~1924: Madre de Dios territory split from La Paz department.
- 1925: Bolivia (Potosí department) acquired land from Argentina (Jujuy province).
- ~1938: Madre de Dios renamed Colonial Territories (Spanish: Territorio de Colonias).
- 1938: Bolivia and Paraguay had a long-standing dispute over the Gran Chaco, which lay between the Paraguay and Pilcomayo Rivers north
into Santa Cruz. Until 1932, it was divided along a line roughly from the split of the Pilcomayo River to Fuerte Olimpo. Oil was
discovered. Both countries tried to assert their rights. They fought the Chaco War from 1932 to 1935. In the eventual peace settlement,
Bolivia lost most of the disputed territory - parts of Chuquisaca, Santa Cruz, and Tarija departments - to Paraguay.
- 1938-09-24: Colonial Territories became Pando department.
- ~1943: There was a short-lived Chaco department, capital Villa Montes, later annexed to Tarija.
- There have been minor adjustments to the department boundaries.
Other names of subdivisions:
- El Beni: Beni (variant)
- Pando: Colonial Territories, Madre de Dios (obsolete); Territorio Nacional de Colonias (obsolete-Spanish)
Data for 1900 come from source ; 1950, from sources  and ; 1976 to 2001, from source . In regard to the 1950 census, source
 says, "Figures adjusted to account for an estimated 8.4 percent underenumeration; population actually enumerated was 2,704,165."
Source  says, "Including adjustment of 314,866 for underenumeration and estimated tribal Indian population."
-  Library of Congress country study (retrieved 1999).
-  Atlas de Bolivia. Ediciones Geomundo, Barcelona, Spain, 1985.
-  Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Bolivia, table of department populations (http://www.ine.gov.bo/cgi-bin/piwdie1xx.exe/TIPO,
dead link, retrieved 2004-05-15).
-  A paper on Bolivia posted at the website of the Ohio State University Agriculture department
dead link, retrieved 2004-11-09).
-  Decision 534 ,
Nomenclatura de las Unidades Territoriales Estadísticas de la Comunidad Andina (NUTE ANDINA). Comunidad Andina, dated 2002-10-02,
-  Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Bolivia (http://www.ine.gov.bo/, dead link, retrieved 2002-11-02).
-  Keltie, J. Scott, ed. The Statesman's Year-Book 1913. Macmillan, London, 1913.
-  Demographic
Yearbook , 7th Edition. Statistical Office of the United Nations, New York, 1955 (retrieved 2011-08-20).
-  Encyclopædia Britannica, 15th Edition, Chicago, 1984.