Bolivia has around 7,5 million inhabitants. The official language in Bolivia is Spanish, but there are communities, where the inhabitants still speak Quechua and Aymara. The life expectancy of Bolivians is 60 years for men, and 65 years for women. This is some 10 years less than in most Western countries.
A very characteristic feature of Bolivian women is their bowler hats. Various theories circulate about the origins of these hats. Many women wear different layers of skirts and they often wear their hair in two braids, the bottom end tied up with a piece of string. The people living around Lake Titicaca often wear knitted hats. In this region, the men knit clothes, while chatting with friends and walking the streets. The women weave large colourful cloths to carry their children and purchases on their backs.