Ethnic Germans in Bolivia

Ethnic Germans in Bolivia
Total population


3% of Bolivian population[1]
Spanish, German, and Plautdietsch. Yiddish is spoken by German-Jewish communities.
Christianity (Protestantism, Lutheranism, Reformed, Mennonite, Amish, Roman Catholicism) and Judaism.
Related ethnic groups
Ethnic Germans
Austrian Americans
German Mexican
German Brazilians
German Argentines
German diaspora

German immigrants began to arrive in Bolivia in the 18th century, and many more arrived in the 19th century.[2] During World War II, Bolivia ceased diplomatic relations with Germany and expelled many Germans.[2] Many German Jews immigrated to Bolivia during the war.[3] Inti SA, Bolivia's largest pharmaceutical company, was founded by German immigrant Ernesto W. N. Schilling Huhn.[4]


German schools:

Historic German schools:[5]

Notable German Bolivians

See also


  1. "Bolivia". WorldStatesMen. Retrieved 16 June 2013. white 10% (of which German 3%) (2001)
  2. 1 2 "Los alemanes hicieron industria de la grande". La Razón. June 29, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  3. "El Refugio en Latinoamerica". Holocaust Encyclopedia. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  4. Oblitas, Mónica (February 2, 2007). "Stege: 100 años, un buen comienzo". Los Tiempos. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  5. "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archived 2016-03-12 at WebCite). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 18-19/51.
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