The country

Population Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. In 1992, 97% of people living in the countryside existed in extreme poverty. It is the country with the highest percentage of ethnic Indians and has a population of 8.7 million (2003), 70% of whom belong to the indigenous population. Spanish is the official language, while 2


Once... the largest city of South America Potosí is the highest city in the world at 4,090m, with a population of approximately 120,000 people and is situated in the southern Altiplano of Bolivia where the steppes become the cold desert. It has a harsh climate and a bitter history. Around 1650, Potosí was the la

Working in the mines

The hard facts about working in the mines: The majority of miners do not reach 40 – 45 years of age. After 7 – 10 years in the mines, the miner will suffer from silicosis (lung dust disease). When the miner has lost 50% of his lung capacity, he has to stop work and will receive a small pension.