About Chile

Chile!?!

Chile is sit­u­ated in the south­west­ern tip of South Amer­ica between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Its exten­sive length (4,200 kilo­me­ters, sim­i­lar to a tour of Europe from Lis­bon to Moscow) offers a huge vari­ety of land­scapes and cli­mates through­out its ter­ri­tory, from the Ata­cama Desert –the dri­est in the world — in the far north to Patagonia’s mil­len­nia–old glac­i­ers in the south.

The total pop­u­la­tion reaches over 17.000.000 and the coun­try is divided in 15 admin­is­tra­tive regions from north to south, being San­ti­ago, its cap­i­tal city and the place where over 1/3 of the pop­u­la­tion lives (quite a lot!). The offi­cial lan­guage is Span­ish, and 69,5% of the peo­ple declare them­selves as Catholic.

Noted for its sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able growth, Chile is one of the great eco­nomic suc­cess sto­ries of Latin Amer­ica and one of the few coun­tries that has main­tain a sus­tain­able growth dur­ing the last cri­sis. The main eco­nomic activ­ity is min­ing, being cop­per the main min­eral since Chile pro­duces 1/3 of the total pro­duc­tion of the world. Chile also is well known for its wines and salmons both world­wide known and a must try dur­ing your visit!

 

Some Cool & Fun Facts!

– Chile is one of the few coun­tries that has ter­ri­to­ries in 3 dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents: the main­land located in Amer­ica, East­ern Island in Ocea­nia and the ter­ri­to­ries in Antarctica.

– Chile is one of only two coun­tries in all of South Amer­ica that does not bor­der Brazil

– Over 1/3 of the world’s cop­per pro­duc­tion is pro­duced in Chile (did we already said that before? haha).

– Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Ata­cama Desert it did not rain for 40 years.

–  The num­ber one world exporter for Salmon is Chile, It topped the united states in the early 2000s

– Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief soc­cer is the most pop­u­lar sport in Chile

– Along the moun­tain­ous region of Chile, there are over 1300 vol­ca­noes and a num­ber of them can still be active.

– Chile declared itself as an inde­pen­dent nation in 1818 but the Span­ish Colo­nial Rule only rec­og­nized it in 1913.

– Chile has the largest annual fire­works show in all of South Amer­ica, in the City of Val­paraiso for new year´s eve.

– Chile has one of the world’s largest and most deserted deserts known as “Atacama”

– The city at the very tip of Chile called Punta Are­nas it is the south­ern most city on a con­ti­nent in the world.

– The south­ern­most vil­lage in the world is also in Chile Called “Puerto Williams”

– Chile also has the one of the high­est lakes above sea level in the world called “Lake Chungara”

– Chile has one of the longest coast­lines in the world, but also one of the small­est at being 6500 km long (includ­ing Antarc­tica) and 200 km wide.

– The offi­cial cur­rency is the Chilean Peso. For trade con­ver­sion visit http://www.xe.com/ucc/