Area Total 756,102 sqkm
Climate temperate; desert in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south
Natural Resources copper, timber, iron ore, nitrates, precious metals, molybdenum, hydropower
Imports $61.31 billion (2017 est.)partners: China 23.9%, US 18.1%, Brazil 8.6%, Argentina 4.5%, Germany 4% (2017)
Exports $69.23 billion (2017 est.)partners: China 27.5%, US 14.5%, Japan 9.3%, South Korea.6.2%, Brazil 5% (2017)
Government presidential republic
Capital Santiago
Population 17.9 million (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity white and non-indigenous 88.9%, Mapuche9.1%, Aymara0.7%, other indigenous groups 1%, unspecified 0.3% (2012 est.)
Language Spanish 99.5% (official), English 10.2%, indigenous 1%, other 2.3%, unspecified 0.2%1 (2012 est.)

News about Chile

  • Body found in Chilean desert after search for missing UK astronomer
    by PA Media on November 10, 2022

    Prof Tom Marsh, 60, who had been missing since 16 September, described as ‘inspirational academic and mentor’A body has been found in the Chilean desert after a search was launched for missing astronomer Prof Tom Marsh, Warwick University has said.Marsh, 60, disappeared on 16 September while working at La Silla Observatory on the outskirts of the […]

  • Pesky parrot steals reporter's earphone live on air in Chile – video
    on November 5, 2022

    A parrot landed on a Chilean reporter's shoulder while he was live on air and stole one of his earphones. Nicolas Krumm, a journalist for ChileVision, was speaking about the rise in robberies in the local area when the incident happened Continue reading...

  • Students surge back to Chile’s streets as schools remain hotbed of protest
    by John Bartlett in Santiago on November 1, 2022

    Frustration at lack of progress on conditions in education and the rejection of a new draft constitution have driven a new wave of demonstrationsAmid a hail of rubble and blasts from police water cannons, Santiago’s high school students are coordinating a fresh wave of protests on the streets of Chile’s capital.When the young protesters pour out of the […]

  • How a desert bloomed in the driest place on Earth
    by John Bartlett in Santiago on October 29, 2022

    Unexpected emergence of flowering bulbs prompts move to designate Chile’s Atacama desert a protected national parkUnusual winter rainfall has produced a floral bloom and explosion of colour on the barren plains of the Atacama desert, prompting Chile’s government to move to protect the area.This month, the new president, Gabriel Boric, announced that the […]

  • The Cordillera of Dreams review – a poetic portrait of Chile
    by Wendy Ide on October 9, 2022

    The Andes become a metaphor for Chile’s rocky political history in Patricio Guzmán’s highly personal film about his homelandThe Andes cordillera – the thick spinal range of mountains that extends the length of Chile – takes on a symbolic significance in Patricio Guzmán’s poetic and far-reaching portrait of the country he left more than 40 years […]

  • Easter Island fire causes ‘irreparable’ damage to famous moai statues
    by Agence France-Presse on October 7, 2022

    Forest fire that swept through more than 100 hectares of national park, with some moai ‘totally charred’A forest fire that tore through part of Easter Island has charred some of its monumental carved stone figures, known as moai, authorities have said.The blaze reportedly swept through the Rapa Nui national park, 3,500km (2,175 miles) off the west coast […]

  • ‘We were genocidal monkeys for much longer than we’ve been using knives and forks’: Sebastián Lelio on storytelling and self-destruction
    by Catherine Shoard on October 6, 2022

    Ahead of the release of The Wonder, its director talks about faith and female-led movies – while his stars past and present, including Rachel Weisz, Julianne Moore and Florence Pugh, explain his particular set of skillsSebastián Lelio has never knowingly made a movie about a man. The new Cassavetes (plus a bit of Malle and Bergman and Almodóvar) […]

  • The Cordillera of Dreams review – a haunting reflection on Chile’s brutal past
    by Peter Bradshaw on October 4, 2022

    Patricio Guzmán’s documentary juxtaposes historical chaos with the eternal beauty of the mountain range that surrounds SantiagoDocumentary film-maker Patricio Guzmán returns to his great and tragic theme of exile – from his Chilean homeland, from his past, from a world that made a certain sort of sense before the brutal 1973 coup which unseated […]

  • ‘It’s a miracle’: Gran Abuelo in Chile could be world’s oldest living tree
    by John Bartlett on September 23, 2022

    100ft alerce has estimated age of 5,484, more than 600 years older than Methuselah in CaliforniaIn a secluded valley in southern Chile, a lone alerce tree stands above the canopy of an ancient forest.Green shoots sprout from the crevices in its thick, dark trunks, huddled like the pipes of a great cathedral organ, and water streams down its lichen-streaked […]

  • Chile’s president reveals changes to senior team after constitution failure
    by John Bartlett In Santiago on September 6, 2022

    In a shattering blow to the leftist leader Gabriel Boric, 62% voted against the progressive new document on SundayTwo days after Chileans emphatically rejected a new constitution, President Gabriel Boric has reshuffled his cabinet as he attempts to ride out a fresh period of uncertainty.On Sunday, 62% of Chileans voted against a progressive new constitution […]

  • Chileans rejected the new constitution, but they still want progressive reforms | Ariel Dorfman
    by Ariel Dorfman on September 6, 2022

    This failure is a blow and a thorny path lies ahead, but the will to replace Pinochet’s hated constitution remains strongI confess that I am in mourning. On Sunday, a resounding 62% of the voters in Chile, my country, rejected the adoption of a new and progressive Magna Carta; leaving in place, for now, the fraudulent constitution imposed by dictator […]

  • Sadness and celebrations as Chile overwhelmingly rejects progressive constitution – video
    on September 5, 2022

    Chileans agreed by an overwhelming margin that a proposed progressive constitution to replace its dictatorship-era charter was not what the country needed, opening a period of uncertainty and dealing a blow to the president, Gabriel Boric. The vote marked the climax of a process that began when the country, once seen as a paragon of stability in the […]

  • Chile votes overwhelmingly to reject new, progressive constitution
    by John Bartlett in Santiago on September 5, 2022

    With 96% of the ballots counted, the rejection camp has 62% and the approve team accept defeat in bid to replace Pinochet-era settlementChileans have voted comprehensively against a new, progressive constitution that had been drafted to replace the 1980 document written under Gen Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.With 99.9% of the votes counted in […]

  • Vote on world’s most progressive constitution begins in Chile
    by John Bartlett in Santiago on September 4, 2022

    Approval would replace Pinochet-era document, recognizing Chile’s Indigenous peoples and requiring action on the climate crisisChileans head to the polls on Sunday to either approve or reject what has been described as the world’s most progressive constitution, which would replace the 1980 document drawn up during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s […]

  • Former Chilean police captain found guilty of assault for blinding woman
    by John Bartlett in Santiago on September 2, 2022

    Patricio Maturana fired a teargas canister that permanently blinded Fabiola Campillai as she walked to work during protestsA former Chilean police special forces captain has been found guilty of assault after permanently blinding a woman he shot in the face with a teargas canister during a wave of protests in 2019.The court in the capital Santiago found […]

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