What do Bolivia and Australia have in common?

Jul 22, 2019

Bolivia is located in central Latin America, between Brazil, Paraguay, and Peru. Australia is a large country located in the east of the Indian Ocean.

These two countries have vastly different cultures, different locales, different languages, different histories. Just at the surface level, you can find all sorts of difference between the two. However, when you look at the two countries closer, you'll be surprised that they're similar in a number of ways. Below is a list of similarities between Bolivia and Australia, and by the end, you'll be very surprised by the fact that there are always similarities with everything!

Salt Lakes

First on the list is the salt flat, between Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni and Australia's Lake Eyre. About a hundred thousand tourists visit these salted areas each year. Not only they're similar in the amount of salt present, but they're ALMOST similar in size. Just to note that these places are not somewhere you could just take a swim in due to the amount of salt present. So you won't have to worry about finding salt when you need it!

Coat of Arms

If you think of Australia, many would think of one thing, the kangaroo. Kangaroos are Australia's national animal (alongside the koala), they're known for their distinct appearance, their tough legs, and the way they carry their young around. Meanwhile, on Bolivia, they have the Llama. Llamas are known for spitting when they're provoked. So you ask yourself, what's the similarity? Well, they're both national animals, and they appear in their respective country's coat of arms, although they're also a source of meat.

Indigenous history

As stated above, Bolivia and Australia have vastly different histories and cultures. However, when you compare the two under a microscope, there's a number of differences that you'll discover. For example, both countries have indigenous peoples. The indigenous Australian Aboriginals and the Torres Strait Island came to the country over 50,000 years ago. Meanwhile, the Quechuas and the Aymaras of Bolivia arrived over 1,500 years ago. These four indigenous groups comprise a percentage of the respective country's population.

Growing Economy

Aside from culture, both countries have also a big focus on their public services such as healthcare. Both spend a sizable percentage on education, water, electricity, agriculture, and industry. Both countries have growing economies, despite Australia being many layers higher than Bolivia's. However, the diplomatic ties between the two countries have established a strong trade that helped improve their economies. And no matter how different they have, they have the greatest similarity of them all – their strong desire to stand out in the international community while aiding their neighbors. The international community has strongly recognized both countries as being strong contenders economically. The improving economies of both have seen an improvement in the quality of life.


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