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Departments of Bolivia

Departments of Bolivia
Departamentos de Bolivia(Spanish)
Category Unitary State
Location Plurinational State of Bolivia
Number 9
Populations 110,436 (Pando) – 2,706,359 (La Paz)
Areas 37,620 km2 (14,526 sq mi) (Tarija) – 370,620 km2 (143,098 sq mi) (Santa Cruz)
Government Department government, National government
Subdivisions Province

Bolivia is a unitary state consisting of nine departments. 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 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Departments of Bolivia
State Abbr. Capital Largest city Population
km2 (mi2)
km2 (mi2)
Beni B Trinidad Trinidad 421,196 213,564 (82,458) 1.97 (0.76) 9
Chuquisaca H Sucre Sucre 576,153 51,524 (19,894) 11.18 (4.32) 11
Cochabamba C Cochabamba Cochabamba 1,758,143 55,631 (21,479) 31.6 (12.2) 19
La Paz L La Paz El Alto 2,706,351 133,985 (51,732) 20.2 (7.8) 29
Oruro O Oruro Oruro 494,178 53,588 (20,690) 9.22 (3.56) 9
Pando N Cobija Cobija 110,436 63,827 (24,644) 1.73 (0.67) 5
Potosí P Potosí Potosí 823,517 118,218 (45,644) 6.97 (2.69) 14
Santa Cruz S Santa Cruz de la Sierra Santa Cruz de la Sierra 2,655,084 370,621 (143,098) 7.16 (2.76) 25
Tarija T Tarija Tarija 482,196 37,623 (14,526) 12.82 (4.95) 9

See also


External links

  • National Bolivian Institute of Statistics

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