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Chile Fast Facts & Figures

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Andean Condor - the National Bird of Chile

Full name: Republic of Chile
President-elect: Sebastián Piñera (elected January, 2010)
Ruling Party: Coalition for Change

  • Population: 17 million (UN, 2009)
  • Capital: Santiago
  • Area: 756,096 sq km (291,930 sq miles)
  • Location: Coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west
  • Major language: Spanish
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: Chilean peso
  • Imports partners:
  • Main exports: Copper, fish, fruit, paper and pulp, chemicals
  • GNI per capita: US$9,400 (World Bank, 2008)
  • Neighbouring countries: Borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east & the Drake Passage in the far south
  • Geographic coordinates: 30 00 S, 71 00 W
  • Internet domain: .cl
  • International dialling code: +56
  • Time zone: UTC/GMT-4
  • Electricity: 220V/50htz

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