Chile
Home > South America > Chile > Chile Overview > Chile by numbers
Page Rating
Content Quality:

Page Importance:
Author Pick:
Close Map

Book a Hotel or Hostel

Hotels Hostels & Budget
Country

City

Check in Date

Check out Date

Number of Rooms
Adults
Children



Top Chile
Contributors

Chile by numbers

 

 

The Republic of Chile

Capital: Santiago de Chile

Independence: 18 September 1810 (from Spain)

Head of State and Government: President Michelle Bachelet Jeria (since 2006)

 

Area: 756,626 sq km / 292,058 sq miles

Length of the territory: 4,329km ; average width: 180km; coastline: 4,500km.

Geography: Chile's boundaries are geographically well defined: to the west is the Pacific Ocean; to the east the Andes mountains; to the north is the Atacama desert, the driest in the World; and to the south are the icefields and glaciers of Chilean Patagonia. There are wide variations of soil and climate between these features. Overall the climate is temperate with a desert climate in the north, a Mediterranean climate in the central region and cool and damp in the south.

 

Population: 16.4 million (July 2008 estimate). Two thirds of the population is concentrated in the central zone.

People: White and mixed European and Amerindian descent 95.4%, Mapuche 4%, other indigenous groups 0.6%. The indigenous community is comprised of the following groups: Mapuche (87.3%), Aymara (7.01%), Atacamenos (3.04%), Quechua, Rapa Nui, Colla, Alacalufe and Yamana.

Languages: The official language is Spanish. The indigenous communities also speak Mapuche, Aymara and Quechua, amongst others.

Religions: Roman Catholic 70%, Evangelical 15.1% , other Christian churches 2.04%, other religions (including Jews and Muslims) 4.55%, and atheists/indifferent 8.3%.

Life expectancy: 76.0 years

Literacy rate: 96%

 

 

GDP: $181.5 billion (2008 estimate)

Annual growth: 4.0% (estimate)

GDP composition by sector: agriculture: 5%;  industry: 50%; services: 45%

Unemployment: 7.3% (February 2008)

Industries: copper, other minerals, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, fish processing, iron and steel, wood and wood products, transport equipment, cement, textiles.

Currency: Peso. Exchange rate March 2009: 611 Chilean pesos to 1 US$.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Chile: Wiring Money, Chile Mail, Shipping and Customs, Chilean wine, Shopping in Santiago, Chile Phones, Chile Internet access, WiFi and Internet cafes, Social and environmental issues, Communications and Media , Economy and Chile Facts.








04 Mar 2009




Mapa
View Chile Map




South America | Central America and Mexico | Antarctica |
Advertise | Anúnciese | Jobs | Alliances | Alianzas | Terms of Use | Contact Us | About Us | Blog | Administradores |
You must register as an owner for access to these listing tools and benefits.

Notification of new reviews: receive your latest reviews by e-mail

Customized request-a-review link: encourage guests to spread the word about your property

Our owners' newsletter: stay informed about our latest tools and benefits for you

User login

Enter your username and password here in order to log into the website:

Login
 

Create a new V!VA account

Forgot Password