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Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America's western edge, with more than 6,000km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and Chilean Coast Range mountains. The city's palm-lined Plaza de Armas contains the neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo.

Languages: Spanish 99.5% (official), English 10.2%, indigenous 1% (includes Mapudungun, Aymara, Quechua, Rapa Nui), other 2.3%, unspecified 0.2%

Ethnic Groups: European 59%, Mestizo 25%, Mapuche 9%, African 4%, Aymara 1%, Others 2%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholicism 58%, Protestantism 14%, unaffiliated 24%, other 4%

Demographics:

Population: 17.7 million people (World Rank: 62nd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 61.7 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 193rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.868 %/yr (World Rank: 139th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 80 years (World Rank: 38th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 32.1 years (World Rank: 64th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Chile
University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Chile

Chile - Wikipedia Entry

Chile - Country Profile

Chile - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Chile

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Chile
All about Chile as a tourism destination

Atacama Desert
Northern Chilean desert containing salt flats, hot springs and geysers

Torres del Paine
National park in Chile's Patagonia region

Santiago
Capital city of Chile

Easter Island
Island containing iconic statues carved from volcanic rock

Portillo
Ski resort located in the Andes mountains of Chile

Spanish Language Resources:

Learn Spanish
Free online resource for learning Spanish

Study in Chile
Learn Spanish by studying in Chile

Government Related:

Chilean Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

German Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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