Capital City: Santiago
Population: 17,402,630 app.
Total Area: 756,950 sq. km
Coastline: 6,435 km
Type of Government: Republic
Currency: Chilean Peso
Climate: Temperate; desert in the north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in the south
Primary Language: Spanish
Religions: Roman Catholic 89% Protestant 11%
Ethnic Groups: The major ethnic groups in Chile are Mestizo (mixed native American and European ancestry), which compromise 25% of the population and native american who make up 7%
Literacy Rate: very high at 96% and the majority of the younger population are proficient in English
Tall, Thin and Well Managed
Very much an anomaly in the wilds of South America, Chile is a prosperous and forward thinking nation that today holds free trade agreements with the European Union, the United States, Canada and South Korea. For years known as "The jaguar of the Latin America" Chile has developed a diverse economy based on mining, forestry, seafood, agriculture, wine and tourism.
You may ask yourself: How has such a seemingly 'string bean' of a land of barely 17 million people attracted such interest commerce from so many nations so far away?
Just imagine yourself a country that is 4337 km long and no wider than 400km in any place, full of diverse super natural geography. The Atacama Desert(driest in the world) to the North, a fertile central valley(bread, fruit, vegetable & wine basket of Chile), A lake district the length of Sweden to the South along with the wilds of Patagonia an area filled with mountains, volcanos and vast rivers. Even further to the South for the extreme adventurer theres the uncharted wonders of Antarctica. To the West the boarder is made up of the worlds longest mountain chain the Andes Mountains.
All squeezed into a narrow strip between the heights of the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.
There's only one way to see this all for yourself and thats to come on down!