Economy, Transportation and Communications
landlocked country, highland city, Pacific oceans, daily newspapers, dry season
Bolivia has 3,698 km (2,298 mi) of railroad tracks. Railroads connect the landlocked country to ports on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The principal line connects La Paz with the free port of Antofagasta, Chile. Bolivia also has free port privileges in the maritime facilities of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
About 53,790 km (about 33,424 mi) of roads exist in Bolivia; only a few are hard-surfaced, and many are passable only in the dry season. In 1996 Bolivia announced plans to build a $100 million two-lane paved highway between the highland city of La Paz and the lowland tropical communities of eastern Bolivia, the countryís most productive agricultural region. The project will transform a one-lane dirt road that dates back to Inca times and vastly improve the only direct link between the capital and the Amazonian lowlands. Light-draft water vessels can navigate about 10,000 km (about 6,000 mi) of the nationís rivers.
In 1997 there were 675 radios and 116 television receivers in use for every 1,000 inhabitants; in 2000 there were 61 telephone mainlines per 1,000 people. Bolivia has 10 daily newspapers.
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