Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Chili
  • Declared independence from Spain in 1810, won it from then in 1818.
  • Longest North/South country in the world, with more than 78,000 km of coastline
  • Population:  17 million
  • Capital:  Santiago with 56.8 million people.
  • 90% of the population live in rural areas
  • Climate:  ranges from desert in the North to Mediterranean tropical in the central regions and arctic tundra in south
  • High levels of volcanic activity – experienced one of the strongest recorded earthquakes (8.8 magnitude) in 2010 with only 500 deaths
  • Ethnic groups:  95% of the population is white/Amerindian
  • Language:  Spanish (official)
  • Religions:  predominately Roman Catholic (70%)
  • Literacy:  95% of those age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  sweeping economic change in the 1980’s led to Child becoming the strongest economy in South America.  7% unemployment and only 11.5% live under the poverty line
  • Currently the leading Latin American country for human development, per capita income, globalization and least amount of corruption.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Republic of Chili has a three branch government
  • Chief of State and Head of Government:  President Sebastian Pinera

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  75 yrs. for men, 81 for women
  • Health expenditures:  8.2% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  1.09 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  2.1 beds/1,000 population
  • Maternal mortality:  2.6/1,000 births
  • Each woman averages 1.87 children
  • Infant mortality:  7.36/1,000 births
  • HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:  0.4%
  • Obesity:  22%
  • Disease risk level is lower than other South American countries
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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